BETTYSTOWN: Best activities, hotels, and pubs in town

Bettystown: Best activities, hotels and pubs in town.

Bettystown in County Meath has long been a popular seaside resort among locals and visitors, with plenty of nearby attractions, a long stretch of beach, and some great hotels and pubs in the vicinity.

If you plan to visit this beach on Ireland’s east coast, here is our guide to the best things to do, best places to stay, and where to eat and drink.

Ireland Before You Die’s fun facts about Bettystown:

  • Bettystown Beach is located in Meath, beside Laytown Beach and Mornington Beach.
  • It has long been a popular seaside resort, comprising 5 km (3.11 mi) of sandy beach along the Irish Sea.
  • The famous Tara Brooch (from AD 700) was discovered buried in a box on Bettystown Beach in 1850.
  • Despite being located in County Meath, it is just a fifteen-minute drive from Drogheda, County Louth.
  • While the beach was famous for driving on, this is no longer the case apart from designated disabled parking spots.

The best activities to do in Bettystown – ways to stay entertained

Enjoy some watersports

The beach is famous for swimming, especially during the summer when the water is a little warmer, and there are lifeguards on duty.
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Bettystown Beach is famous for swimming, especially during the summer when the water is a little warmer, and there are lifeguards on duty. If you are a water sports enthusiast, one of the top things to do in Bettystown is to go surfing and kitesurfing.

While this isn’t the most popular beach in the country for surfing, it does make for an excellent adventure. However, you should always check the tides and conditions before venturing out.

Remember that it is best to wear a thick wetsuit since the Irish Sea is not known for its warm temperatures.

Address: Beach View, Coast Rd, Betaghstown, Bettystown, Co. Meath, Ireland

Do the beach walk

Bettystown: Best activities, hotels and pubs in town.
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Walking along the beach is one of the top activities in Bettystown, and is very popular with locals and dog walkers. From Bettystown, where you can park, you can walk south to Laytown or north towards Mornington Beach – a quieter option. 

It will be much busier if you are here during the summer months, so try to avoid peak times if you want peace and quiet. The best time for a long walk is early morning, especially if you want to catch the sunrise.

READ MORE: The Ireland Before You Die guide to the best beaches in Meath.

Golfing

The golf club offers equipment hire and caddy services.
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Laytown and Bettystown Links Golf Club is located in Bettystown, and if you are a golfing enthusiast, you will appreciate the stunning views while playing a round at this glorious golf course.

The club offers equipment hire and caddy services and prides itself on being one of only 58 true links courses in the country. Ireland is well known for its rugged coastline, and playing golf along the Irish Sea will be an experience to write home about.

Address: Golf Links Rd, Betaghstown, Bettystown, Co. Meath, A92 FE09, Ireland

RELATED: Our guide to the best golf course in Ireland.

Funtasia

Bettystown: Best activities, hotels and pubs in town.
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Just a fifteen-minute drive from Bettystown, you will find Funtasia, an absolute haven for families. If you have kids in tow, you cannot miss visiting this local favourite theme park in Drogheda.

Featuring an indoor waterpark, bowling alley, arcades, ziplines, and climbing walls, Funtasia will entertain kids of all ages for hours.

The theme park sells swimwear and other necessities you may need, provides onsite parking, and has lockers to keep your things safe while you are off having fun. In addition, Funtasia caters to birthday parties with a range of themes to choose from.

Address: Donore Road Industrial Estate, Unit 1 & 2, Funtasia Theme Parks, Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 EVH6, Ireland

Brú na Bóinne

To visit Newgrange and Knowth, you will enter a visitors’ centre at Brú na Bóinne.
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Many incredible historic attractions like Newgrange and Knowth are just a 20-minute drive from Bettystown. History buffs cannot miss visiting these areas – Newgrange even outdates the Egyptian Pyramids!

To visit Newgrange and Knowth, you will enter a visitors’ centre at Brú na Bóinne, giving you the lowdown on the area’s history before you feast your eyes on the sites.

There is an admission fee to enter both, but the visitors’ centre is free. We recommend booking in advance, especially during the summer. 

Address: Drogheda, Co. Meath, A92 EH5C, Ireland

Top hotels in and around Bettystown – the best places to lay your head

Reddans of Bettystown

Bettystown: Best activities, hotels and pubs in town.
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When it comes to staying in the heart of Bettystown, with the beach on your doorstep, Reddans of Bettystown is a popular choice.

This coastal hotel caters to families, couples, and solo travellers and has exceptional facilities for disabled guests, too. It features a bar, family-friendly restaurant, garden, and sun terrace to enjoy the cooling sea breeze.

Address: Coast Road, Bettystown, Co. Meath, Ireland

Boyne Valley Hotel & Country Club

A stay at Boyne Valley Hotel & Country Club is a must to escape nature and have a peaceful retreat.
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A stay at Boyne Valley Hotel & Country Club is a must to escape to nature and have a peaceful retreat. Boasting 12 acres of lush gardens as well as a great location, this 19th-century mansion is a fantastic choice for couples and families.

Address: Dublin Rd, Roschoill, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

The D Hotel

Bettystown: Best activities, hotels and pubs in town.
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Situated just fifteen minutes from Bettystown, the D Hotel features everything luxurious, from its riverside location to its waterfront restaurant and elegant rooms.

The hotel also features the Hops Bar for meals and drinks, while a more extensive dinner menu is served at Goodwins Steakhouse and Grill Bar. This hotel is ideal for couples seeking a luxurious escape.

Address: Marsh Rd, Lagavooren, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

Where to eat and drink in Bettystown – the town’s best establishments

Reddans Bar

This landmark hotel and pub is a welcoming coastal establishment to pop in for a drink and some excellent food, not to mention great service.
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This landmark hotel and pub is a welcoming coastal establishment to pop into for a drink and some excellent food, not to mention great service.

Address: Coast Road, Bettystown, Co. Meath, Ireland

McDonough’s Coffee House & Bar

Bettystown: Best activities, hotels and pubs in town.
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This little gem in Bettystown is a coffee shop and pub that is cute and cosy inside. It serves top-quality coffee and pints, along with delectable sweet treats, which you can enjoy inside or in the onsite beer garden.

Address: Betaghstown, Bettystown, Co. Meath, Ireland

Coast Tavern

The Coast Tavern is ideal for a pint with a sea view.
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The Coast Tavern in Laytown is ideal for a pint with a sea view, mingling with locals, or watching some sports. 

Address: 3 Strand Rd, Corballis, Laytown, Co. Meath, Ireland

Notable mentions

Bettystown: Best activities, hotels and pubs in town.
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Horse riding: Plenty of equestrian centres in the area provide coastal horse riding tours, one of the best activities in the area.

Laytown Beach: Laytown Beach is much quieter than Bettystown and is ideal for a short stroll, swimming, or sunbathing in the summer months.

Discover the pubs in Drogheda: Drogheda is home to great nightlife and some old-school pubs like Gleesons and Peggy Moores.

RELATED READ: Our guide to the best bars in Drogheda.

Your questions answered about Bettystown

If you still have questions about Bettystown, read on! In this section, we answer some of our readers’ most frequently asked questions about the seaside town, along with some questions that often appear in online searches.

Laytown Beach is ideal for a short stroll, swimming, or sunbathing in the summer months.
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Is it safe to swim at Bettystown Beach? 

While Bettystown Beach is a safe beach, it is best to swim in the summer when lifeguards are on duty; otherwise, always check the sea conditions first. 

What is the population of Bettystown? 

As of 2022, over 15,000 people live in the Laytown-Bettystown-Mornington-Donacarney area.

Which county is Bettystown in? 

Bettystown is located in County Meath.

So, there are some of the best activities, hotels and pubs in and around Bettystown, County Meath.

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