Bellingham Castle Hotel
Bellingham Castle Hotel is an exclusive and romantic castle wedding venue where you and your guests can enjoy a magical day in complete privacy. The relaxing surroundings, the friendly staff, the sumptuous Bute Suite, the nineteen luxury bedrooms, and fine food and wine will ensure that you have an unforgettable experience.
Bellingham Estate is located within the original grounds of the castle which means all of our accommodation is ideal if you are having your wedding or event located there.
The chic seaside village of Blackrock lies on the shores of Dundalk bay, just 10 minutes drive from Castlebellingham. Along with its beautiful promenade and beach, it features a number seafront cafes, traditional tearooms, lively pubs and top quality restaurants, meaning it is the ideal location for a day trip. The village also features Dundalk Golf Club which is an 18-hole parkland championship course which offers magnificent panoramic views across Dundalk Bay to the legendary and imposing Cooley and Mourne mountains. This year the club will host the 105th Irish PGA Championship from October 1st – 4th with the Championship Pro-Am being held on Wednesday September 30th.
Blackrock is fast becoming one of the north east’s most popular venues for kite-surfing, wind-surfing and sup boarding. The beach is an ideal location for surfers of all experience, especially beginners, as even at high tide the water level is only about 1m deep out to the channel.
The idyllic village of Annagassan sits on the southern shore of Dundalk Bay at the point where the Rivers Glyde and Dee flow into the Irish sea and is located just 5 minutes from Bellingham Estate. Annagassan was once known as a Viking settlement as important as Dubh Linn (now more commonly known as Dublin) where they built Linn Duachaill, a very substantial and well documented Viking Longphort. Today Annagassan is a delightfully sleepy and picturesque village which features a smooth sandy beach, ideal for swimming, water sports (including kite surfing and sup boarding), walking and watching out for the many thriving species of wild seabirds. Annagassan’s simple harbour, is home to a small group of intensely coloured fishing boats which ply the waters of Dundalk Bay and beyond which bob about on their quayside moorings as if to indicate their preparedness for the journey to come.
Ideally located to be included as part of your day trip, we recommend stopping off in The Glyde Inn which was established in the 1700’s and retains its traditional Irish image to this day. The combination of the pub’s traditional feel, the Linn Duachaill restaurant and the traditional Irish music (which is held regularly in the lounge) all attract young and old for some serious ‘craic agus ceoil’.
Annagassan is surrounded by beautiful coastal towns. Don’t miss Clogherhead and Drogheda if you are travelling south, and Dundalk, Carlingford and Greenore if you are travelling north.
Carlingford, Greenore & The Cooley Peninsula
Carlingford, Greenore and The Cooley Peninsula are situated in the north east corner of County Louth, approximately 20 minutes from Bellingham Estate. The area as a whole and Carlingford in particular has a rich historical heritage primarily because of the Táin Bó Cúailnge or the Cattle Raid of Cooley, an ancient Irish saga. The Cooley Peninsula is roughly divided along a north westerly/south easterly line with fine fertile soil to the south west and rugged mountain terrain to the north east. The Cooley Mountains are ideal for walkers and hikers of all experience levels and form, and with Carlingford Lough dominating the skyline dramatic views are guaranteed from wherever you are in the peninsula!
Carlingford and Cooley also has a number of important pre-historic and medieval sites, especially within the confines of Carlingford itself. For instance, the village itself is dominated by the remains of King Johns Castle, the first major construction in Carlingford’s history built in the twelfth century. Other fine examples of religious and secular buildings dating from the twelfth century onwards can also be seen in the village.
Carlingford has a deserved reputation for hospitality, with some of the finest restaurants and friendliest pubs in Ireland. It also offers a wonderful array of things to do including zorbing, ziplining, laser combat, rock climbing, cycling, horse riding as well as many water based activities. The recently opened Carlingford Omeath Greenway located in the marina is a flat, coastal walkway stretching for over 6km between Carlingford and Omeath and ideal for family walks and lazy cycles.
Dundalk is one of the largest towns in Ireland located equidistant between Dublin and Belfast and just 10 minutes from Bellingham Estate. As well as being a hub for technology, electronics and engineering, Dundalk has some of the best pubs and restaurants in the north east. There’s also a big sporting background in Dundalk featuring everything from football at Oriel Park, to multiple golf courses, GAA, tennis and cycling clubs as well as Ireland’s first floodlit all-weather horse track and Ireland’s first combined horse and greyhound facility. There’s also a vibrant music scene in Dundalk with many local and internationally renowned acts playing in the town and in one of the country’s most popular music venues, The Spirit Store.
Whether you’re looking for a bit of history, a good night out, some good food, some activities to pass the time or if you just want to relax during your stay with us we’re sure you’ll find your every need catered for at Bellingham Estate. However if there’s something that you need help in arranging please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll do our best to assist you with this.