Around practically every corner of Ireland’s Ancient East you can discover millennia of history and archaeology. From the wild majesty of the Wicklow Mountains, to the bend of the Boyne. From the plains of Kildare to the bogs of the midlands and the lush green pastures of Tipperary, you can discover the fascinating story of the people who shaped these landscapes, and who in turn, were shaped by the land.
This region holds some of the world’s finest examples of prehistoric ingenuity and religious practice. Ireland is also internationally famous for the wealth of early Christian monasteries that are so prevalent across this region, with their intricate high crosses and soaring round towers. Ireland was forever changed by new waves of peoples arriving from across the seas. From the farmers that brought agriculture to these shores and forever changed the landscape over 5,000 years ago, to the Vikings who arrived as raiders before going on to establish what would develop into Ireland’s first cities, and the Anglo-Normans who constructed massive castles and sprawling abbeys.
The varied landscapes of the region are imbued with unique stories and tales. Around almost every corner you can encounter an authentic cultural experience, where they can be inspired by the landscape, history and people of this beautiful island. The best way to enjoy it is to take it slowly, and rather than trying to hop from famous site to site, base yourself in one area and get under its skin. For example, each year hundreds of thousands of people take a coach tour from Dublin down to the Rock of Cashel, they hop off, take a quick tour and then back on the coach to Cork or back to Dublin. Passing wonders right and left as they speed along the motorway. They don’t take the extra little bit of time to see the wealth of monuments around the Rock, like Hore Abbey at its base, and so they miss out on a deeper experience and connection.
For those people who want to dig that little bit deeper, we’re here to help. Neil is your expert guide to Ireland’s Ancient East, during the course of writing his acclaimed guidebook Neil visited hundreds of sites in the region, now we’re going to share all those insights and tips with you. Members of the Tuatha get access to all our posts on hidden gems, along with itineraries, courses and lots more to help make sure they don’t miss out. So join us as we dig deep to help you discover the best places to visit!