Getting to Smarmore Castle

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Smarmore Offers Unrivalled Facilities and Medically Managed Detox From Drugs and Alcohol.

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The admissions department is happy to provide useful information regarding travel; however, you must arrange your own travel tickets.

By Train

The nearest train station is Drogheda, located just 22km/13miles from Smarmore Castle. Trains from Dublin to Drogheda run every 30 minutes and take around 45 minutes. Depending on the time of day, taxi fares from Drogheda to Smarmore Clinic begin from 30Euros (around £22) up to 45E (around £33).

By Bus

There is a bus service from Drogheda to Smarmore (service 182 and 182A), which takes just over an hour.


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By Air

Both Dublin and Belfast airports run daily flights from most destinations in the UK, including London and Edinburgh. Aer Lingus and Ryanair are the principal airlines of Dublin airport. 

Ryanair requires a passport for UK citizens; however, Aer Lingus are satisfied with a Driving Licence or other means of photographic identification, such as employment or travel ID; please do check prior to booking your travel tickets.

By Road From the South

Travelling north on the M1 Motorway from the airport or Dublin City, take the road leading to Collon.  Travel through Collon Village and then take a right turn on the N2 signposted for Ardee.  Then, 6km on the left hand side following the sign to Ballapousta. At the end of this road with a white Church on your right hand side, take the left turning to Smarmore Castle.  The entrance to the clinic is 300 yards on the right hand side.

By Road From the North

Travelling from the north on the M1 Motorway take the turning to Ardee.  On leaving the town, pick up the N2 to Collon.  The Hunterstown Inn on the left hand side precedes, by 200 yards, the turning on the right to Ballapousta, and then continue as above.

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By Ferry to Ireland

British citizens do not strictly require a passport to travel by ferry; however, some form of identification is required.  This does not apply to other nationalities, who should have passports.  For British citizens, bank cards or utility bills can suffice, but please do check prior to booking.

  • How to Access Rehab With Health Insurance

    For those experiencing existing mental health conditions in Ireland, there are private medical insurers who can help you cover treatment. As addiction experts, we know that receiving the appropriate care and support when you have a mental health disorder is pivotal to attaining long-lasting recovery. Below, we will go through the various health insurance options to help you understand your options when it comes to seeking private residential care for substance abuse. Please note that there is no guarantee that you can be covered for all addiction problems as policies are always assessed on a case-by-case basis. Find Out More

  • My Loved One Doesn’t Want Help, What Do I Do?

    You can’t force someone to go to rehab. A person must be ready to commit to treatment if they want to get the most out of the programme. However, there are ways in which you can encourage someone to enter rehab, one of these ways is via an intervention with a trained interventionist, who facilitates an honest discussion between family members and the individual. This is something Smarmore Castle can arrange – contact us today.

  • Which Drugs Does Smarmore Castle Detox From?

    We offer detox from any drug, whether they are illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ketamine; or prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines or zopiclone, oxycodone, zolpidem, klonopin, methadone, cannabis; and legal drugs such as alcohol.

  • How Long Is the Treatment Programme?

    Our treatment programme starts at 4 weeks and is flexible in length, giving you the opportunity to extend for a longer period if you need it.

  • Do You Treat Dual Diagnosis?

    Yes. All patients are reviewed by a consultant psychiatrist in the first week and we can diagnose and provide treatment for a number of co-occurring mental health conditions.

  • Do I Need to Be Abstinent Before Admission?

    Our medically managed detoxification with 24/7 medical cover means that we can perform complete and complex detoxes at Smarmore Castle. You don’t need to be abstinent before arrival.

  • How Do I Get To Rehab Safely?

    Smarmore Castle is one hour north of Dublin international airport, please speak to our advisors if you require collection from an airport.

    We can also arrange a ‘sober transport’ service with a trusted driver, from anywhere in Ireland or Northern Ireland, at an additional cost.

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