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Drogheda Louth to Dublin Directions

Section 1

0 to 10km

From the train station, cycle out to the main road and turn right. The road bends left and splits to become a dual carriageway. You pass a church on your left and then a ruined wall.

At this very wide junction, turn right and you cross the River Boyne. At the first t-junction, turn left, and then left again at the second. This will take you along Wellington Quay.

Take the first right, between the pedestrian bridge and the church, and then the first right on West Street.

You pass St Peter’s Church on your left. Go straight past it and soon you see St Laurence’s Gate ahead.

Turn left just before you reach it.

Go left at the t-junction at the top of the hill. At the end of the road it splits in front of a ruin.

Go right here, and then immediately left on Patrick’s Street by a small green. After 400m you turn right at a t-junction with the R132.

Follow the N1 out of town, where you have a good shoulder. After 1.8km, [5km marker] turn left on the N51 at the first roundabout you reach.

Go right at the next roundabout, go steadily uphill and soon you pass over the motorway. After 2.2km more of straight road you go through a crossroads. Ignore the next left turn as the main road bends right.

Section 2

10 – 20km

After another 1.6km, turn left at the t-junction you reach just after a hairpin bend, and then immediately right. It is 1.7km to Monasterboice, on your left. There is a car park and a gift shop.

Return back the 1.7km to the turnoff, and turn right [15km marker] to continue in the direction that you were going. The road bends left and you reach a t-junction with the R168. Turn left on the bend, heading south.

After 1.5km take the second right turn. This soon brings you to a crossroads, where the border with Louth is on the top of the hill to the right. You go straight ahead to go into the Abbey.

Return to the crossroads and turn right, on the opposite side of the road to the gate.

Section 3

20 – 30km

Stay on this road for 2.8km until you reach a t-junction at the edge of the village of Tullyallen. Turn right. Go through the crossroads you reach.

This will bring you to a crossroads with the N51. Go straight through, over the Boyne, and you will soon see the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre on your right.

On leaving the visitor centre, turn left and return to the N51, turning left again there. Cycle beside the Boyne for a kilometre before [25km marker] taking the first left turn.

Follow this road for 3.1km through several turns and you will see the high mound of Dowth in a field on your left, along with a sign for it. There is a good view of Newgrange from the top.

Continue the way you were going and turn left when you reach a t-junction.

Section 4

30 – 40km

You go around 3 bends and soon see Newgrange in a field.

Continue straight ahead and up the hill. Turn left at the t-junction you reach and you soon see Knowth in a field on your left.

Continue in the direction you were going and turn left at the t-junction with the N51. From here it is 2.9km [35km marker] in to the centre of Slane. At the large crossroads in the village, turn right, up the hill.

After the road bends right, take the first left at a small green. It is signed Hill of Slane. Follow this uphill and the site will be near the road on your left.

After returning down the hill to the main crossroads and go straight through and over the Boyne. Soon after, take the first right turn – a sharp turn up a hill.

Section 5

40 – 50km

When you reach a t-junction, turn right, and then take the next left.

Soon after, ignore the left turn on a left bend. Soon you reach the church in Yellow Furze at a t-junction. Turn left and ride straight past it [45km marker].

After leaving Yellow Furze, go through a crossroads. Take the next right. Go left at the t-junction you soon reach. You go straight through the first crossroads.

Section 6

50 – 60km

Turn right at the next crossroads.

Take the second left, signed Trim [55km marker]. After 2.6km you reach a t-junction. Turn right here. Then turn left on the R147 at the next t-junction and you soon cross over the motorway between going through two roundabouts.

Take the second right down a very narrow road and you reach The Hill of Tara at the next t-junction after 1.2km. The hill is a short walk from the road. If you don’t stop here, turn left at the t-junction.

Section 7

60 – 70km

Continue south and turn right at the t-junction after 4.4km, signed Dunsany. Turn left [65km marker] at the next t-junction and follow this road through a roundabout towards Dunshaughlin.

You reach Dunshaughlin after crossing over the motorway and then going straight through another roundabout.

Section 8

70 – 80km

At the main crossroads with the R147 in Dunshaughlin, turn right and then take the first left around the corner.

You leave the village on this road by immediately going straight along the narrow turnoff as the main road bends left. Ignore a left turn cul-de-sac. Turn left at the t-junction you reach and then right at the crossroads with the R125.

Stay on this road [75km marker] as you enter Ratoath. As you enter the town go through the first roundabout and then take the third exit at the next roundabout.

You go straight through the next roundabout and leave town on the R155.

Section 9

80 – 90km

Take the second left turn after passing Fairyhouse Racecourse – the turn is unsigned. Keep going and turn right when you reach a t-junction [85km marker]. When you reach a t-junction beside a business park, turn left on the R147.

Stay on this road as it crosses the motorway. Then, after going through two roundabouts you enter Clonee.

Take the first right turn, opposite a small car park, signed Lucan.

Section 10

90 – 108km

Cycle past a housing estate on the left and then take the first right. Stay on this road as it bends sharply left. You cross into County Dublin and take the next left turn, down a narrow road.

After several bends the road goes over a canal and then through train tracks. Soon you reach a t-junction at a bend, where you go right [95km marker]. After 1.6km you reach a t-junction with the R109. Turn left here and stay on this road all the way to the Phoenix Park.

After 3.8km you pass under the motorway. Then it is 1.8km to the first entrance to the Phoenix Park  at a t-junction (by Mount Sackville Convent – entering here and then turning right will take you through the park to the finish point of the route if you want to avoid the road).

Here you keep right and go downhill. At the end of the hill, keep left at the junction and [105km marker] then it’s another 3.1km to the eastern entrance.