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What's nearby

What's nearby
Blackrock Wetlands marsh in County Louth, is a special area of conservation and is an important location for wading birds, salt water flora and fauna.

The beautiful village of Blackrock in County Louth is south of Dundalk town, nestled on the shoreline of Dundalk Bay with the Cooley Peninsula to the north and the Viking settlement of Annagassan to the south. Blackrock has a seashore area and bay that are of great interest to nature lovers and bird watchers alike. The seashore and beaches around Blackrock include the inter tidal mudflats and salt marshes which are an important and integral part of the delicate ecology of Dundalk Bay. On the north side there is 'The Loakers Marshes' and wildlife sanctuary, and on the south side there is 'The Fane Estuary and Wetlands'. These are protected areas of conservation. There are information boards along the promenade providing information on the varieties of birds and wildlife.

Blackrock has a wide diversity of habitats including wetlands, salt marshes, river and shallows. It offers food and shelter for a wide variety of species. Birds winter here in huge numbers and include flocks of Greenland white fronted geese, whooper swans, as well as redshanks, brent geese and lapwings. The bay is a designated Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under EU law and therefore, protected both nationally and at European level.

Why we like it
  • The seashore and beaches around Blackrock include the inter tidal mudflats and salt marshes which are an important and integral part of the delicate ecology of Dundalk Bay.
  • Blackrock has a wide diversity of habitats including wetlands, salt marshes, river and shallows.
  • The bay is a designated Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
Tips from locals

Enjoy magnificent views over Dundalk Bay, the Cooley Peninsula and Mourne Mountains from Salterstown Pier.

Tips from locals

Take a short drive south to visit the Monasterboice High Cross and Round Tower.

Family friendly
Free to visit
Free car parking
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Contact details
Coast Rd, Haggardstown, Co. Louth, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 2 hours here.

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