Ireland’s Ancient East stretches from Louth to Cork, and features three unique areas: the Land of 5,000 Dawns (from Louth to Meath), the Historic Heartlands (from Laois to Kilkenny), and the Celtic Coast (from Wicklow to Cork).
In the Land of 5,000 Dawns, which includes counties Cavan, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Westmeath, you will find marvels of megalithic tombs, monastic sites and the last remaining leprechauns in Ireland.
The Historic Heartlands, comprised of counties Offaly, Laois, Kildare, Tipperary, Limerick, Carlow and Kilkenny, is where you can visit Palladian manors, see ancient dolmens, and wander through medieval castles.
The Celtic Coast includes counties Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford and Cork. Visit the ancient monastic city of Glendalough, take a trip to Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford, founded by the Vikings in the 9th century, and tour Europe’s oldest lighthouse on Hook head. Few coasts have seen such activity in their history.