Following on from Discover Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way initiative, this year there is a new focus on touring Ireland’s East and South regions entitled Ireland’s Ancient East. The campaign is inspired by certain themes within Ancient Irish History such as Ancient Ireland, Early Christian Ireland, Medieval Ireland and Anglo Ireland.
Some of the main highlights suggested by Failte Ireland are:
• Ancient Ireland – The Dawn of Civilisation (including the prehistoric attractions of the Boyne Valley in Newgrange and sites such as the Brownshill Dolmen in Carlow)
• Early Christian Ireland (including sites such as Clonmacnoise, Glendalough, Mellifont abbey, Jerpoint Abbey, St.Canice’s Cathedral and Holycross Abbey)
• Medieval Ireland (including Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, the Viking Quarter in Waterford, Hook Head Lighthouse, Trim Castle and the Rock of Cashel)
• Anglo Ireland (including Ireland’s Great Houses and Gardens as well as sites such as the Dunbrody Famine Ship and Wicklow Gaol).
Full details are available from Failte Ireland’s website.
Many of Irish Landmark Trust’s properties would work as a base to stay while delving into this area of cultural interest. You could use one of our Dublin or Kildare properties and travel to Newgrange and Knowth, County Meath. You could stay in Wicklow Head Lighthouse for visiting stately homes located in the county, Clomantagh Castle for Kilkenny related explorations and lastly, Salterbridge Gatelodge could be your base for exploring Waterford’s environs.
Here’s the campaign video: