The East of Ireland

Castles, grand country homes, ancient sites, vibrant cities and world-famous racehorse stud farms await


Visit lush County Meath's tomb at Newgrange and the 6th century monastic settlement in Glendalough. The farm to table movement is evident in the regions farmers markets and dining scene where you will partake in fresh artisanal cheeses, Carlingford seafood and Wicklow lamb and venison. Visit horse country, home to the worlds greatest racehorse stud farms in Kildare. In Dublin, opt for a rooftop experience at the Guinness Storehouse, party in Temple Bar, cross the Ha'penny bridge, revel at Christ Church Cathedral and be awed by the wonder of The Book of Kells at Trinity college . Tour the many museums and enjoy plenty of shopping options that await you in Ireland's most exciting City.

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Dublin City

Visit Dublin's famous Christ Church and St. Patricks Cathedral's. View the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Shop on famed Grafton Street. For Museum lovers, head to The National Gallery of Ireland with over 10,000 works of art and the National Museum of Ireland to learn about Ireland through the ages. Sample the popular dry stout from the roof deck of the Guinness Storehouse and whiskey at Jameson Distillery. Head to the popular Temple Bar District for pubs, music and the re-discovered 17th Century Smock Alley theater with a not-to-miss stroll over the Ha’ Penny Bridge, especially beautiful at night.


Wicklow & Glendalough

The stunning natural beauty of the Wicklow mountains which is also National Park, is home to Powerscourt House country estate, built in 13th and 17th centuries, and its' splendid landscaped gardens. Along the way, find Glenmacnass Waterfall at the beginning of the dramatic Glenmacnass Valley. Make sure to stop at Wicklow Gap, where the film "Braveheart" was filmed. 


Newgrange, Glendalough Celtic Monastic City and The Hill of Tara

Just north of Dublin lies County Meath home to numerous archaelogical sites and ancient tombs. Dropped in the dramatic Wicklow hills is the 6th Century monastic settlement of Glendalough. Experience the region of the battle of the Boyne and its' visitor centre. Visit the Hill of Tara and its' Stone age passage tomb. Experience Newgrange known as the "Town of Kells" where the iconic ninth century Book of Kells was created.


Kildare, Horse Country

In the foothills of the Wicklow mountains is Kildare's Curragh Training Grounds, historically known as "Cuireach" which features the greatest number of stud farms in Ireland with worldwide buyers seeking Ireland's prime racehorses. Experience the beauty of the horses at Irish National Stud & Farm. Visit the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Center, shop and dine in Kildare Village, see St. Brigid's Round Tower and Cathedral, the Japanese Stud Gardens and Clonfert Pet Farm. Visit gorgeous Castletown House, the largest country estate in Ireland.


Medieival Kilkenny

On the banks of the River Nore is a medieval town in the southeast with deep religious roots. Built by Norman conquerers in 1195, visit Kilkenny Castle, Rose Garden & Park with 20 hectares of grounds to stroll. Known as a craft hub, visit the National Craft Gallery and Kilkenny Design Center and meander through the colorful shops along winding lanes for art, textiles, pottery and jewelry. Visit Jeroint Abbey, St. Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower, grand Gothic St. Mary's Cathedral, c.1843 and the Black Abbey on Parliament Street. Take in the Tudor Rothe House dated 1594. 


Hiking Options

Glendalough Lake Walk, County Wicklow


Glendalough Lake Walk | Glendalough, County Wicklow

3.5m/5km | Moderate-Hard Difficulty | 3 Hours | Check the Weather

Experience this easy walk to take in Irelands' ancient landscapes at this 6th Century monastic site in the Wicklow mountains. Traverse through Scots pine woodland on the upper lake trail to arrive at a former miners' village. View St. Kevin's Bed, a known cave across the lake. See wild goats, peregrine falcons. A popular hike, it can be busy, so beginning in the morning will ensure a less crowded stroll. Finish your day at Glendalough Hotel for lunch or drinks.