IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST
IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST
Captivating culture, Celtic curiosities and carefree wanderings of discovery go hand in hand along Ireland’s Ancient East trail.
The most enjoyable place in Europe to experience 5,000 years of history, the Ancient East is an exciting new touring region and one of the greatest keys to unlocking a treasure chest of holiday memories on the Emerald Isle.
Stretching from Newgrange and the Boyne Valley in the northeast and ranging through the midlands all the way down via Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile to Waterford’s Viking Quarter and Cork’s many cultural attractions, the east of the country is Ireland’s latest and most stimulating pathway to discovery.
Enter at any point and explore at leisure. There’s no fixed start and end point, just a mega opportunity to uncover Ireland within four unique themes and experiences.
A tour through Ancient Ireland can include the prehistoric passage tombs of Newgrange, the Hill of Tara, one of the most sacred in the mythical Irish landscape, or sites such as the Brownshill Dolmen in County Carlow.
Exploring Early Christian Ireland is about the wonder of monastery masterworks in sites such as Glendalough, Mellifont Abbey, Jerpoint Abbey, St Canice’s Cathedral and Holycross Abbey.
The culture of Medieval Ireland is writ large in places like Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, the Viking Triangle in Waterford, Hook Head Lighthouse in County Wexford, Trim Castle and the Rock of Cashel, while a taste of Anglo Ireland reveals architectural gems like Kilruddery House and the famous Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow.
For those who love to peel back the layers of time, ancient, Early Christian, medieval and Anglo-Irish sites are all within reach in the magical East.
It’s easy to take it all in, to go at your own pace, to dip in or delve in and to meet great people along the way. There is no question that the wide and varied stopping points of the Ancient East will reward and inspire, as they have done for thousands of years.
Touring this region is a must for the culturally curious. Getting off the beaten track, finding little moments of magic, stopping by interesting towns or stumbling into unusual festivals will all be illuminated by the rich culture of the locals, as told by the best storytellers and yarn-spinners in the world.
Guided or self-guided walking tours, car and bike journeys, riverboat tours, events and festival hopping can all be part of a relaxing journey to explore Ireland’s national and local heritage, stunning landscapes, history and culture.
A tour of the Ancient East will leave you illuminated by the many wonders and the stories of Ireland past. It’s powerful, and it’s waiting to be discovered.