Looking for an original Christmas gift that’s sourced or made right here in Louth? There are several fantastic sea louth-inspired gift ideas to choose from – something for everyone! From seafood hampers and original work by Louth artists inspired by the stunning coastal scenery, to restaurant and hotel vouchers.
Love whiskey? Like to cook? Oriel Sea Salt’s Teeling Whiskey Smoked Sea Salt is the perfect gift for the foodie in your life. Oriel Sea Salt is sought after by top chefs all over the world, including Ross Lewis, from Chapter One: “It’s not until you taste this salt that you realise how clean and pure its flavour could and should be. And it’s Irish we should all be using it!!!” “And then they create this incredible smoked sea salt with Teeling’s, Wow!!”
With an impressive range of jewellery and crafts from Ireland’s leading designers, you will not only find the perfect gift at Garrett Mallon Design House in Carlingford, but as a new scenic viewpoint stamp collection point for Carlingford, you will also be one stamp closer to completing your sea louth passport! Garrett is an award-winning goldsmith, and his work is inspired by the lough and shoreline of Carlingford.
Push the boat out this Christmas with a Cooley Oysters gift pack. From €8 for 6 pieces, including branded knife and a recipe card. While stocks last, a novelty Christmas tree decoration will also be included.
Whilst at Drogheda Museum Millmount collecting your Drogheda stamp, check out the Millmount Craft Quarter for unique pieces of art and handicraft. We especially love the seacapes by Dunleer-based artist, Noella Manley.
Gyles Quay Lobster & Crab hampers start from €50. The Any Occasion Large Hamper features whole cooked lobster, cooked and shelled crab claws, white crab meet and 10 Dublin Bay Prawns for €120. Pre-order for collection from Johnny Morgans Fishmongers in Dundalk, Weds-Sat.
Pick up a thoughtful handmade gift from the Crafty Rock in Blackrock. Such as a stunning original seascape painting by Louth-based artist, Leonora Reilly. While you are there, collect your Blackrock scenic viewpoint stamp!
A dozen award-winning Carlingford Oysters will impress even the most hard-to-please recipient. Pick up from Carlingford Oysters themselves, or you will often find on sale in your local branch of Dunnes Stores at this time of year, for around €12.95.
Head to Dundalk’s Bridge Street Studios, home to Sarah McKenna, whose brand-new collection of pottery and wall art, titled ‘Irish Coast’ is inspired by her love of the great outdoors: “I love the outdoors, and like nothing better than hiking through the Cooley mountains and soaking in the breath-taking scenery. This collection is inspired by a lifetime of being surrounded by the amazing colours in Irish sky, sea, and landscape.”
Still stumped? Most if not all of the participating sea louth restaurants offer gift vouchers. Or why not go one better, with an accommodation voucher? The Carrickdale, Four Seasons in Carlingford, Hotel Imperial, Crowne Plaza Dundalk, Scholars Townhouse Hotel, The d Hotel, Ghan House, The Bay Tree and The Glyde Inn all have on-site restaurants where you can feast on fresh Louth seafood.
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