Irelands Ancient East

With our acclaimed guidebooks and audio guides, Abarta Heritage can help you to discover the incredible stories of Irelands Ancient East, while you explore ancient tombs, mighty castles and grand estates.

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.

Ireland’s Ancient East; a Guide to its Historic Treasures

Explore 100 great historical sites in Irelands Ancient East with this acclaimed guide book written by Neil Jackman of Abarta Heritage and published by The Collins Press.  From Carlingford in Louth to Blarney Castle in Cork, you can discover incredible stories in Irelands Ancient East; encounter ancient tombs, royal landscapes, sacred monasteries, mighty medieval fortresses and grand estates.  The guide book contains hundreds of beautiful images, and it is packed with stories, handy practical advice, maps and information.

Available now from all good bookshops across Ireland and online through the Collins Press website and Amazon.  Also available as an EBook and on Kindle.

“Archaeologist Neil Jackman has done a wonderful job of putting together a comprehensive account of 100 monuments in a single volume…”
Archaeology Ireland
I must say I love this book and I can see myself using it a lot when visiting historic sites…
Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland
With easy to follow maps and photographs, this is the only guide you’ll need to discover the historic treasures of the East of Ireland
Westmeath Examiner
This is a gorgeous visual and practical guide to some of Ireland’s ancient heritage, a useful handbook for those of us who have yet to discover some of our hidden gems, a worthy souvenir for any visitor to Ireland or an exceptional gift for those of Irish heritage.
A Silver Voice from Ireland
Irish Mountain Log
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Irelands Ancient East a guide to its historic treasures

Download Free Audio Guides to Irelands Ancient East

While exploring Ireland’s Ancient East you will be enchanted by over 5,000 years of European history, and enjoy getting off the beaten track to discover ancient tombs, tranquil monasteries, Viking heritage, formidable medieval fortresses, great estates and the bustling modern villages and towns across the region. There are so many opportunities to take in one of the wonderful festivals, to try some of the best-produced food in the world, to enjoy driving along tree-lined roads through lush green valleys and to explore the meandering rivers or soaring mountains.

We have a number of guides for these spectacular places; discover the peaceful tranquility of Doneraile, hear the story of the siege of Drogheda in our Discover the Boyne Valley Audio Guide, and discover the majesty of the Rock of Dunamase in County Laois.

Informative, Engaging and Easy to Use

Our guides are packed with stories and information to help you to explore Irelands Ancient East