The lands of the east coast of Ireland are steeped in history, culture and great beauty and yesterday saw the start of a new initiative to introduce visitors to “Ireland’s Ancient East”.
Here you will find 5,000 year old megalithic tombs, possibly the finest in Europe, and the legendary Hill of Tara.
High Kings held sway for centuries and, later, great battles were fought against the Vikings who made Dublin their home. There were monastic settlements in beautiful valleys, where monks laboured over illuminated manuscripts.
Medieval castles dot the landscape and towns such as Dublin developed the finest 17th century, and later 18th century Georgian, architecture.
And in the countryside, the gentry resided, creating fine gardens with vistas of that beautiful landscape, such as Ireland’s most romantic garden Mount Usher Gardens :
or the spectacular beauty of Powerscourt :
In 2016, we will be remembering the great struggle for Irish freedom, the 1916 Easter Rising, and many events are being planned.
We’re very proud of our beautiful “Ancient East” of Ireland.
If you haven’t visited us, do come, you’re sure to find a warm welcome!