Uncover New History in Ireland’s Ancient East

Ireland’s Ancient East history spans over 5,000 years and this new touring region of Ireland will bring to you holiday memories to last a lifetime.

Ireland’s Ancient East stretches from the Boyne Valley and New Grange in the northeast and follows Kilkenny’s Medieval mile all the way to Waterford’s Viking Quarter through Celtic curiosities just waiting to be discovered.


This touring region can be explored by entering at any point, there is so much to see that you will not be short of things to do.

Gaulstown Dolmen, Gaulstown, Co Waterford

Gaulstown Dolmen, Gaulstown, Co Waterford

Ireland’s Ancient East hosts some of the most unique and beautiful examples of monastic abbeys in Ireland. Sites such as Glendalough, Mellifont Abbey, Jerpoint Abbey, St Canice’s Cathedral and Holycross Abbey are masterworks of Early Christian Ireland and are just waiting to be explored.

Your tour through this stunning region could include the prehistoric tombs of Newgrange or the Brownshill Dolmen. One site not to be missed is the Hill of Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and one of the most sacred sites of Irish mythology.

The culture of these timeless landscapes is brought to life in places like the Viking Triangle in Waterford, Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, Trim Castle or the Rock of Cashel. If Anglo-Irish architecture is more to your liking you should plan a visit to the famous Powerscourt Estate or Kilruddy House in County Wicklow.

If you enjoying peeling the layers of history this area of Ireland will fulfil all of your Irish holiday dreams!
By choosing a holiday cottage in Ireland’s ancient East you will have the freedom to do things at your own pace. To pick and choose where to go and at what speed along the many inspiring locations on this treasure trove of a journey.

Ireland's Ancient East

Ireland’s Ancient East

If you would class yourself as culturally curious getting off the beaten track in Ireland’s Ancient East will bring you a wealth of experiences. Find little moments of magic in Ireland’s beautiful market towns where the best storytellers in the world are just waiting for you to pull up a seat!

This region is rich is hiking tours, both guided and self-guided and has trails for all levels of walkers. The scenery is worth the hike to the top and your pain will be rewarded with spectacular views and Ireland’s native wildlife.

There are a number of great festivals just waiting to be discovered and along with Ireland’s national and local heritage all rolled into this accessible region – this is one area of Ireland you need to explore!


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