Ireland’s Ancient East certainly gives the Wild Atlantic Way a run for its money. The region – the largest and most expansive of its kind in Ireland – has a wealth of iconic sites to explore and glorious scenery to drink in. From the wilds of the Wicklow Mountains, breath-takingly beautiful and with some of the finest hikes in Ireland, to the pre-historic landscapes of the Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark in Waterford.
A region steeped in history and intrigue, widely considered to be the birthplace of modern Irish culture, Ireland’s Ancient East is broken down into more manageable chunks, to give visitors the opportunity to explore each area in greater depth.
Choose from ‘Historic heartlands’, with sites of pilgrimage including the Hill of Slane, where St Patrick lit the first Pascal Fire in 433 AD in defiance of the pagan King Laoighre, and the epic Rock of Cashel; the Celtic Coast, where every cove has a story to tell, not least Hook Head, which houses one of Europe’s oldest lighthouses; and the ‘Land of 5,000 Dawns’, including the must-visits of pre-historic Newgrange and the ancient burial site at the Hill of Tara.