Around practically every corner in Irelands Ancient East you can discover a place with a story. Some of these stories represent millennia of history and archaeology, and some of the stories have helped to shape the country that we live in today.
Fáilte Ireland’s new concept, Ireland’s Ancient East encompasses a vast swathe of Ireland, virtually everything from the east of the River Shannon to the Irish Sea (with the exception of Dublin). This broad regional based brand is quite different to the route-based brand of The Wild Atlantic Way. The area includes counties Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Kildare, Offaly, Laois, Carlow, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford and the easternmost parts of counties Limerick and Waterford. Many of these counties have been overlooked by tourists, but for those adventurous souls who wish to delve deeper, the rewards are plentiful – majestic castles, ancient tombs, sprawling abbeys and palatial estates await the discerning traveller.
As you spend more time exploring Ireland, you can discover that each of the counties has its own unique story to tell. From the wild majesty of the Wicklow Mountains, to the plains of Kildare, 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.