Ireland's Ancient East: Boyne Valley
Posted by Neil Hand on the 17th of June 2016 at 15:49:17
Ireland’s south coast is famous for the Ring of Kerry, Dingle and Cork, but how much do you know about the Ancient East?
There is so much to do and see in and around Dublin that you need a few days to get to know the most important sights.
Most importantly discover the ‘royal county’, Meath and its wonders and highlights.
Leave your hotel and go to the Hill of Tara where you can visit the ancient religious and political center of Ireland’s High Kings. Here on this lonely hill once stood a royal acropolis and for well over two thousand years royalty occupied Tara.You are able to see an audiovisual presentation about the Hill of Tara and enjoy the view from this high site.
After that you might make your way to Bective Abbey and follow the footsteps of the great movie ‘Braveheart’ that was filmed in the back of the ruin.
After taking some pictures of this beautiful Abbey near River Boyne you can follow the street to Trim Castle and discover the history of the largest Norman Castle in Ireland that was used for filming ‘Braveheart’ with Mel Gibson as well. Did you know that they had to restore the castle for about 10 million Euro for the movie – only to take everything down again?
Maybe it is the right time for lunch in one of the lovely pubs in Trim. Try the local cuisine and enjoy the taste of Ireland.
Now go to Brú na Bóinne for seeing Knowth and Newgrange – two megalithic tombs that will make you wonder about the knowledge of the ancient builders! Take a look inside and get to know everything about the history of this awesome place.
While on your way to Monasterboice you will pass the area where the famous Battle of the Boyne happened, the battle that decided about religious orientation in Ireland.
As you get to Monasterboice you will notice the mix of old and new graves and little churches and houses in ruins. Look for the two high crosses originating from the 10th century as this monastery was an important religious and cultural center and the round tower that should provide protection and was abandoned when Mellifont Abbey was founded nearby.
To round the day off, make your way to Drogheda where you can see the preserved head of Saint Oliver Plunkett in St. Peter’s Church if you like before strolling around or enjoying tea and cake in one of the beautiful cafés in the town.
In the evening go to your hotel and look back on the day and you’ll wonder how much you have seen in only one day.
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