When you explore Ireland’s Ancient East, you wander through 5,000 years of history. Peel back layers of history to discover a story that unfolds in the vast green landscapes that seduced millennia of settlers. Settlers who dated from Ancient Man to Early-Christians followed by Medieval Lords and Colonial Settlers. Immerse yourself in the past as you are greeted by prehistoric wonders, monastic marvels, magnificent castles and grand estates at every turn.
IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST
Ireland’s Ancient East Map
Land of 5,000 Dawns
Watch the sunrise over a landscape as old as time. Discover the Land of 5,000 Dawns, consisting of counties Cavan, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Westmeath. History and myth collide here. A place where almost every village, monument and great house undoubtedly comes with its own legend of warring giants or eccentric aristocrats. Go exploring and you’ll find marvels of Palladian architecture, or possibly fossils from a dinosaur age, and completed with a castle owned by descendants of infamous Attila the Hun.
The Historic Heartlands
Moving through swampland-turned-sacred settlement where a saint lived and died. Marvelling at monumental bridal dowries far beyond the realm of modern times. Exploring the extravagance of a rich man and a magnificent castle which sold for a mere £50. You have, of course, reached the Historic Heartlands. Consisting of counties Offaly, Laois, Kildare, Tipperary, Limerick, Carlow and Kilkenny.
A place where epic alliances were ultimately born. Forged in love and expedience, carved into the land and the traditions honored ever since. Uncover supernatural tales of hellhounds and hidden treasure. See ancient dolmens, wander through medieval castles perched on hilltops to finally discover how advanced prehistoric hunters really were.
Few coasts have seen such comings and goings as this one. These cliffs, harbors and beaches have been besieged by Vikings, visited by Titans of the sea, and welcomed world leaders home. Track inland to uncover fascinating histories. In the shape of isolated monasteries or riverside castles and finally, some of the world’s most beautiful gardens.