Ireland’s premier steeplechasing event is held each year at Ratoath, County Meath – the Irish Grand National at the Fairyhouse Racecourse every Easter Monday.
An exciting day-out with the GGs can also be had at Navan Racecourse, Bellewstown Races have a 3-day annual racing festival and Laytown have the only official strand races remaining in Europe!
Details of fixtures for horse-racing in Co. Meath can be found here
There are also many equestrian centres throughout County Meath where you can go trekking throughout the rolling countryside, gallop on the beach or improve your jumping skills. There are pony camps, cross-country, all weather arenas, instruction in dressage and all types of equestrian holidays.
tel: +353 (0)46 21350
tel: +353 (0)1 8256167,
tel: +353 (041) 9842111
tel: +353 (041) 9842111
Kells Equestrian Centre,
tel: +353 (0)46 46998
tel: +353 (0)46 40246,
tel: +353 (0)46 52376,
Broadmeadow Equestrian Centre,
tel: +353 (0)1 8352823,
tel: +353 (0)46 21736,
The fishing season runs from February/March to September and there is game angling, sea angling and coarse angling in abundance in the area.
Game angling takes place in the River Boyne for salmon and trout and brown trout is plentifulinKells Blackwater, Athboy Timblestown River, Stoneyford River, River Deel and Riverstown River. The Upper Boyne Lakes offer up wild brown trout.
Lough Sheelin, the White Lake and Lough Bane have great trout fishing. Drumconrath village is surrounded by about 20 lakes which have great fishing, especially Moynalty Lake, Ballyhoe Lake and Capragh Lake. These lakes offer bream, rudd, pike and tench.
Permits for boat hire are available locally and Slane Farm Cottages will arrange permits and a guide for groups if requested.
Sea angling is popular at a number of venues, including Clogherhead pier, the beaches around the Boyne estuary, Baltry and Morrington at the mouth of the River Boyne, and south of the River Boyne at the beaches of Bettystown and Laytown. The line-up of fish species is impressive! Mackerel, Mullet, Coalfish, Codling, Conger, Dabs, Plaice, Sea-trout, Bass, Flounder.
Coarse Angling is a popular past-time, especially in the lakes around Bailiborough, Virginia and Drumcondrath where bream, roach, perch, pike, rudd, tench and hybrids are caught.
The Salmon of Knowledge Fishing Competition is held in Slane in August, each year.
The Salmon of Knowledge legend stems from the River Boyne. The old poet Finnéigeas tried for seven years to catch the Salmon of Knowledge from the River Boyne. The person to catch the Salmon of Knowledge and eat it, would gain great wisdom. Finally, he caught it! He requested the legendary Fionn Mac Cumhaill to cook the fish for him. However, during the cooking, Fionn burst a blister on the salmon’s skin, burning himself slightly. He put his thumb in his mouth to soothe the burn, a piece of the salmon’s skin had stuck to his thumb and he inadvertently ate the piece of skin. Alas! – it was to Fionn and not to Finnéigeas, that the wisdom was bestowed.
There is a great diversity of angling in Meath and the Boyne Valley, game, coarse, and sea angling. The Boyne Valley is particularly renowned for fantastic Wild Brown Trout fishing.
The majority of game angling is controlled by Angling Associations and therefore permits are advisable
fishingireland.net or firstname.lastname@example.org
Permits from; Anglersworld, Navan 046 9071866
Clarke's Sprots Den, Navan www.sportsworld.ie.
Rathbeggan Lakes, Dunshaughlin co Meath. www.rathbegganlakes.com Offer a host of activities including fishing and fun for all the family.
For more information on locations, tackle dealers and fishing laws, view www.fishingireland.net
There are beautiful golf courses and golf links throughout the county of Meath.
The Royal Tara Golf Club, a scenic parkland course, is in the heart of Co. Meath adjacent to the Hill of Tara, ancient home of the High Kings of Ireland. It is a pleasant tree lined course of average length with various degrees of difficulty. Des Smyth is the architect of this 27-hole, 5904 metre course
Blackbush Golf Course is a 27-hole course and is situated only minutes from Fairyhouse Racecourse. Mature trees leading up to well maintained greens line the fairways. There are a number of tricky holes that will prove a challenge to even the most practised of golfers.
Tel: 00353 1 8250793/8250021
Fax: 00353 1 8250400
Navan Golf Course, an 18-hole golf course, is located on the lands of Navan Racecourse. It is a challenge for even the most experienced of golfers with a total length of 6082 metres. A bonus for the winter golfer is the excellent sand based greens. Everyone from beginners to the very experienced is always welcome. The adjoining driving range allows you the opportunity to improve your swing.
Glebe Golf Course is situated one mile from Trim town centre on the Kildalkey road and is easily accessible from surrounding areas. The course has 18 holes and is set in a natural parkland, with mature trees and gentle rolling terrain. This par 73 course offers a keen game to even the most experienced of golfers.
Tel: 00353 46 31926
Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club, a traditional links course, is reputed to have a tough par of 71. Professional Tour golfer, Des Smyth started his golf career here. This beautiful golf course provides an excellent opportunity to test your golf.
Headfort Golf Club, based in the historic town of Kells, is considered one of Ireland’s most scenic golf courses. This is a spectacular parkland championship course where visitors are always welcome.
Stackallen Pitch and Putt is located 2km from Slane Farm Cottages.
Tel: +353 (0)41 9824279
Ashbourne Golf Club, Ashbourne, Co Meath. www.ashbournegolfclub.ie
Ardee Golf Club, Ardee , Co Louth. www.ardeegolfclub.com
Meath Tours offers an extensive range of tours of County Meath, in the eastern side of Ireland. Meath is one of the most beautiful counties of Ireland, rich in heritage and history. For more information see www.beautifulmeath.com
Tailor-Made Tours specialise in self-guided independent walking tours, customised hiking itineraries and drive tours, all designed to give you the perfect Irish experience. Visit www.tailor-madetours.com
County Meath is an ideal destination for walkers, with diverse scenery, from the sand dune formations on Meaths’s coastline to the rolling hills through historical settings.
The ‘Boyne Valley Towpath’ is a well-known walk, which runs along the banks of the River Boyne, from Navan to Slane, parallel to the old canal. It is a distance of 8km and along its distance is wooded scenery and wildlife.
In North Meath, there are forest walks at Lough Sheelin, Lough Bracken, Mullameen and Deerpark, Virginia.
Townley Hall Park is located 5 miles from Slane Village and is perfect for a family picnic and gentle walks.
Kelltic Walking and Adventures devise tailor-made itineraries for groups and individuals including The Boyne Way, Loughcrew Hills, Bog of Girley, Seven Wonders of Fore and Lough Derravaragh and can be contacted at
Kells, Co. Meath.
tel: +353 (0)46 40322
There are many walking trails around Slane Farm Cottages which is situated on a 450 acre family farm. Guests can wander through the fields to the Hill of Slane, discover the wonders of the old graveyard and fairyfort or look at the lambs in Springtime dancing around the fields. Maps and guides are available at reception.
The Tain Trail Cycling Route runs for approx. 365 miles (585 kilometres) from Royal Rathcroghan in the West across the very heart of Ireland to the Cooley Peninsula on the East Coast and back again.
The cycling route follows the route taken by the legendary characters in the epic tale of An Tain Bó Cuailgne (the Cattle Raid of Cooley). The cycling trail retraces their steps as closely as possible and along its route are dotted many historical and heritage sites through Co. Roscommon, Co. Longford, Co. Westmeath, Co. Meath and Co. Louth.
The trail is fully signposted with distinctive brown bull finger-post signs, as well as pictorial maps in key towns along the route.
For more information on Cycling Holidays and Bike Hire contact
Irish Cycle Hire-Cycling Holidays,
tel: +353 (0)41 6853772
Apart from the many walk around Slane Farm one can enjoy the different Trails in our villages and towns and along our river beds. Details are avaiable from Reception and this is just some of different walks for you;
Kells Girley Bog Eco Walk.
Boyne ramparts Walk
Trim Castle Walk
The Royal Canal Way.
Bikes are available from slane Farm but for the larger groups Reception can arranged for bikes to be delivered to Slane farm for groups at a special rate.
Remember that Bike Hire can be arranged through Slane Farm Cottages.
There are beautifully-tended gardens in County Meath which are open to the public.
In Ratoath are Glebe Gardens, which are two prize-winning gardens with 200 years between them. Nearby is Hamwood - an 18th century house and garden built in the Palladian style by Charles Hamilton in 1779 and Kilcock is home to the Larchill Arcadian Gardens which comprise of 63 acres of 18th century parkland, with walled garden, tearooms, playground, maze and exotic animals.
In Kells the visitor can enjoy Grove Gardens, Tropical Bird Sanctuary and Mini Zoo, which has 5 acres of gardens with the largest collection of Clematis in Europe. Visitors can also see exotic breeds of birds and animals.
Nearby in Clonmellon are the Ballinlough Castle Gardens, which are walled gardens and also features a water garden, lakeside walks and plant sales.
The Loughcrew Historic Gardens are restored 17th and 19th century gardens in the grounds of Loughcrew House. Here the visitor can enjoy an ancient Yew walk, borders, water features and visit St. Oliver Plunkett’s family church. Loughcrew House, Oldcastle, Co Meath. www.loughcrew.com
Townley Hall Park is located 5 miles from Slane Village and is perfect for a family picnic and gentle walks.
Garden enthusiast or not come and revel in the beauty of the gardens of the Boyne Valley.
Knockabbey Castle and Gardens, Louth Village, www.knockabbeycastle.com
Beaulieu House and Gardens, Beauliey , Drogheda. www.beaulieuhouse.ie
Listoke Gardens, Ballymakenny, Drogheda, 00353 41 9832265.
Grove Gardens and Tropical Bird Sanctuary Ffordstown, Kells, Co Meath. email email@example.com
Causey Farm is a family-run, fun based venue for a variety of entertainment, tourism and educational programs. It is a truly magical experience of Irish farm life. They provide interactive cultural experiences in a friendly atmosphere for Irish and international groups, as well as fantastic family events for families and individuals. Irish traditional music, Irish dancing, cutting turf in a bog, watching a farm sheepdog do his work - the stuff memories are made of!
Find out more information at www.causey.ie or Tel: +353 46 9434135
Newgrange Farm is an open visitor’s farm where everyone can see-hold-feed animals and poultry. Animals include cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, horse and pony, hens, chickens, ducks, turkey, geese, pheasants, bantams, rabbits, dogs, cats, ants. Visitors may be
able to bottle feed the pet lambs or kid goats or feed the hens, ducks and pheasants.
The farm is a 333 acre farm and is a family-owned and run working farm and educational facility. Facilities include an indoor and outdoor picnic area, the Old Byre Coffee Shop (with homemade traditional food), gift shop, car park, toilets (wheelchair accessible toilet also), nappy-changing area.
Archaelogical tours/technical farm walks/seed trials and demonstrations can also be arranged if requested. Rates on application for same.
Special events include a Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday (10am to 5pm) and a Teddy Bears Picnic on the June Bank Holiday Weekend Saturday.
It is open from Easter Saturday to 31st August each year from 10am to 5pm daily.
Tel: +353 (0)41 9824119
For the children;
Redmountain Open Farm , corballis, Donore, Co Meath.
County Meath is home to a number of diverse annual events. There is
- the Summer Solstice Festival to celebrate the Celtic heritage of Ireland, Féile Brú na Bóinne;
- the Irish Grand National horse-racing festival at Fairyhouse
- the contemporary rock ‘Witness’ festival featuring international acts;
- the Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival demonstrating ploughing, tilling and vintage machinery in action;
- Laytown Strand Races – Europe’s only strand races;
- Slane Castle Concerts - find out more at www.slanecastle.ie;
- Le Cheile Arts & Music Festival - find out more at www.lecheile.com
- Rock The Lough Music Festival - find out more at www.rocktheloughslane.com
- O’Carolan Harp Cultural & Heritage Festival with harp and instrumental workshops and concerts, traditional step and set dancing, historical and archaeological lectures - all in Nobber, the birthplace of the last great bard of Ireland, harpist Turlough O’Carolan (d. 1738)
Boats are available for hire for activity breaks on the Royal Canal.
John Mcdonnell's Shalvenstown organic farm is located 2km from Slane Farm Cottages in Rathkeny, where beautiful, fresh local produce can be purchased.
Members of the Meath Good Food Circle are assessed under a range of qualities, including genuine hospitality, use of local produce, presentation, quality and pricing of meals. They have been reviewed by experienced critics and only those establishements which have met the criteria of the Meath Good Food Circle are recommended here.
|Adam and Eve's Restaurant||Tel: 046 9071444|
|The Bridge Restaurant||Tel: 046 9074100|
|Chekhov's Coffee House||Tel: 046 9074422|
|Hudson's Bistro||Tel: 046 9029231|
|La Mezzainine||Tel: 046 9023119|
|The Loft Restaurant||Tel: 046 9071755|
|Ryan's Bar||Tel: 046 9021154|
|Stonehouse Bar||Tel: 046 9076050|
|The Willows Restaurant||Tel: 046 9022682|
|Franzini O'Briens||Tel: 046 9431118|
|The Forge||Tel: 046 9245003|
|Ground Floor||Tel: 046 929688|
|Vanilla Pod||Tel: 046 9240063|
|Elsewhere in Co. Meath|
|The Fincourt, Oldcastle||Tel: 049 8541153|
|Caldwells, Dunboyne||Tel: 01 8013866|
|Johnstown Hotel, Enfield||Tel: 046 9540000|
|The Monastery Inn, Clonard||Tel: 044 75121|
|Bacchus, Bettystown||Tel: 041 9828251|
|The Bayleaf, Laytown||Tel: 041 9887444|
|Daly's Bar, Donore||Tel: 041 9823252|