When you explore Ireland’s Ancient East, you wander through 5,000 years of history.
In these lush, green lands, tales of feuding dynasties hide behind crumbling Gothic architecture; ghostly tombs predate the pyramids; and knights, kings, monks and Vikings loom large in incredible stories.
This is 5,000 years of history. This is Ireland’s Ancient East.
IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST: THE AREAS
Encompassing 17 counties and 5,000 years of history, Ireland’s Ancient East features three unique areas.
In the Land of 5,000 Dawns, you'll find the whimsical woodland trails of Belvedere House and the exceptional passage tomb of Newgrange, built way back in 3200 BC.
The Historic Heartlands is much more than cosy National Heritage Towns and sleepy mirrored lakes. This is where saints converted kings at the Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny Castle changed hands for a song and Iron Age victims were surrendered to Lough Boora Bog.
Tales continue on the Celtic Coast, where Vikings looted holy treasures from the monastic city of Glendalough and the light of Europe's oldest lighthouse sweeps across Ireland's story-strewn maritime history.
Discover Ireland's Ancient East with these preplanned itineraries