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The Hill of Faughart
Dundalk, Co. Louth
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Hidden gem
Free to visit
Cloudy days
The Hill of Faughart is a hidden gem and one of the most historic sites in County Louth. Its strategic location commanding views south to Dundalk, east to the Cooley Peninsula, and north to the famous Gap of the North, gives it added archaeological and historical significance.

The Hill of Faughart is a meeting place of history, mythology, religion and ritual. Its name is linked to the ancient Irish epic tale, Táin Bó Cúailnge, The Cattle Raid of Cooley.

Faughart is the traditional birthplace of Saint Brigid. The ancient graveyard here is a site of pilgrimage as it contains the ruins of a 12th century church, Saint Brigid’s Holy Well, Saint Brigid’s Pillar, and Saint Brigid’s Bed. It is also reputed to be the burial ground of Edward Bruce, the last High King of Ireland, who died at the Battle of Faughart in October 1318. He was the brother of Scottish King Robert Bruce.

The large crop mark enclosure on the hilltop, visible in aerial photographs, also indicates that it may have been a Bronze Age hill fort from c1000 BC.

Tips from locals

Visit Saint Brigid’s Shrine, Faughart, located just 2km away.

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Hill Of Faughart, Faughart Upper, Co. Louth, Ireland
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