“Ireland’s Ancient East” refers to a whole series of historical monuments and landscapes between the Shannon River and the Irish Sea. The first Stone Age settlers, the Celts, the arrival of Christianity, Vikings or Normans – every epoch in Ireland’s history has left its mark here. In the east of the Emerald Isle you can immerse yourself in over 5,000 years of history and discover sights full of myths and legends. Unlike the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East is not a coherent route. The individual sights have to be discovered individually.
A prime example of a region of historic importance is the Boyne Valley, about 50 kilometres north of Dublin. The biggest battle ever fought on Irish soil took place in this valley. Ireland’s national saint St. Patrick lit the Easter fire on the Hill of Slane. The most beautiful Celtic crosses of the country are in Monasterboice and near Brú na Bóinne there is not only the largest collection of megalithic art in Europe, the prehistoric tombs of Newgrange, Dowth and Knowth on the banks of the Boyne are also even older than the pyramids of Gizeh in Egypt.
Historic places like these, full of mystical legends, stories and ancient traditions, can be found in abundance in Ireland’s east.