1 Get butterflies at the proposal stones These rocky seats once sat in the shadow of fairy trees and forts, where loving couples would come to court each other. In later years they were moved to religious spots where they rested in the shadow of churches and cathedrals, but the sentiment remained the same: if you proposed to your loved one here your marriage was said to be blessed! One of the finest examples overlooks Carlingford Lough at Ghan Road in County Louth. The glitter of the sunshine on the water, the sound of lapping waves and the company of the one you love – total romance! 2 Dancing with danger An eerie tale surrounds the Piper’s Stones of Athgreany, County Wicklow. History tells us that this circle of stones was erected in the Bronze Age for an unknown purpose. But local legend recounts a different tale: a piper was leading a group of revellers in a dance on the Sabbath Day, when they were turned to stone for disrespecting this holy time. The truth? You’ll have to visit and decide for yourself... Discover where legends come to life Unearth fantastic tales of giants, witches, saints and lords and create your own epic story over 4 days. Ireland's Ancient East North from Dublin 3 A wedding gift like no other So this one isn’t a stone as such, it's more of a gigantic rock. The Rock of Dunamase is a huge limestone outcrop that dominates the landscape of County Laois with a castle at the very top. Although it fell into ruin in the 14th century, this was once a lavish wedding present. The King of Leinster granted the castle as part of the dowry for his daughter Aoife when she married the legendary Norman warrior Strongbow in 1170. Today it’s open to explorers, offering unparalleled views of Ireland’s tranquil midlands. 4 The grave of a giant The Proleek Dolmen has presided over the land of County Louth for over 5 millennia. Constructed in 3000 BC, the capstone of this ancient portal tomb weighs over 40 tons. Historians can’t help but wonder how Neolithic people managed to move these mighty rocks into positions, but myth offers a simple answer. The famous giant Fionn Mac Cumhall is said to have erected the tomb out of respect for the battle prowess of a rival Scottish giant he defeated. 5 A truthful rock Travel the Waterford Greenway and you'll come across something very unusual. The Cloughlowrish Stone is a legendary Ice Age stone around which a lie must not be told for fear the enormous rock will split in two. This unusual feature is a good example of a glacial erratic. More stories from Ireland's Ancient East 5 stories from the sea Take a deep breath: we're bringing five tales from around the coast of Ireland's Ancient East to the surface. Women who made history Meet the inspiring and sometimes dangerous women of Ireland’s Ancient East who’s legacies live on across the land. High kings and heroes Tales of battles and bravery unfold across Ireland's Ancient East – these are the fabled figures from Ireland's history. Gorgeous gardens Explore ancient woodlands, elegant trails and bask in the beauty of flourishing flora in these breathtaking gardens. 9 fun facts Magical fairies, incredible saints and 1,000 year-old butter – you won't believe these tales from Ireland's Ancient East. Ireland’s boy hero: a warrior journey Trace the trail of Setanta through the foothills of the Cooley Peninsula, and walk in the footsteps of a hero. Tales of terror Murderous widows, treacherous clans and tragic deaths: Ireland’s Ancient East is wrought with spirits from its perilous past. Go beyond the gates of Guinness 3 tales of invention, inspiration and innovation about the legendary brew born in Ireland's Ancient East. 6 stunning crafts Meet masterful craftspeople who are bringing design brilliance and innovation to this legendary corner of Ireland.