So, you’re heading to a business conference in Co. Meath soon and need tips for what to do while you’re here? Meath is good for a number of outdoor activities, and there’s lots to keep you busy during your breaks. Here’s our list of top leisure activities in Meath to add to your travel itinerary.

Spend a day at the races

If you’ve never watched professional horse racing in Meath before, then a visit to either the Navan Racecourse outside Navan, Fairyhouse Racecourse in Ratoath, or the Bellewstown Racecourse is a must.

All three racecourses host a variety of thrilling race-day experiences throughout the year, which can be enjoyed from a choice of hospitality areas, restaurants, or private suites overlooking the racecourse. Expect live music, good food, and the chance to place a bet on one of the top race contenders for the day – who knows, you may just strike it lucky!  

For horseracing with a difference, visit the seaside resort of Laytown in Co. Meath - home to the Laytown Strand Races, which are the only official beach races in Europe. Horses and jockeys have been racing this strip of east coast beach for 140 years now.

Fancy some fly fishing?

If horse racing isn’t quite your thing, then you might be happy to hear that Co. Meath boasts some quality fishing locations for the avid angler. Some of our main salmon and sea trout fisheries can be found along the River Boyne, between Navan and Drogheda. The best time to fish for salmon and sea trout in Meath is in summer and early autumn. Do remember, however – you’ll need a State license, as well as a day permit to legally fish along the River Boyne or at any of the local fishing estuaries.

Rustle up some delegates for a solid round of golf

County Meath is an absolute stunning golf haven, with over six golf clubs in the region to choose from for an unwinding round of golf. As far as leisure activities in Meath go, our sister hotel, the Knightsbrook Hotel, Resort and Golf Course boasts its own 18-hole championship golf course, while the Navan, Rathcore, Meath, Royal Tara and Louth Golf Clubs are all conveniently located and open to casual golfers and visitors alike.

Take in the sights of Ireland’s Ancient East

County Meath is rich in Irish ancient history. If your conference schedule doesn’t allow for getting in 18 holes of golf, or a day at the races, maybe consider visiting a few heritage sites during your stay. These are dotted across the Meath countryside, close to towns and visitors centres. Top sites to visit include the Trim or Slane Castle, and the passage tombs at Newgrange and Brú na Bóinne.

Click here for some extra ideas of what to do during your stay in Meath. And, if you’re looking for a place to stay during your conference, then feel free to check out our offerings at the 3-star Newgrange Hotel.