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10 Photos That Will Inspire You To Travel Around Ireland's Ancient East This Year

By Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

November 24, 2019 at 3:01pm



You've heard about how amazing the Wild Atlantic Way is and you've probably ticked a few of it's focal points off on your list, but have you travelled around Ireland's Ancient East?

Ireland's Ancient East is made up of charming villages, sweeping vistas and it's framed by the iconic River Shannon. There's so much to see and do and many of the locations are a dream for foodies.

If you're a culture vulture or a history nut, you'll find some of the magical heirlooms that mark our heritage and tell the story of our ancestors.

Here's 10 unarguable reasons to put this at the top of your travel bucket list:

1. Hook Lighthouse - Wexford

Hook Head Lighthouse is one of the oldest in the country.

It's stunningly beautiful and such a spot for a windy stroll.


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Never get fed up of this place ???? Hook lighthouse in Wexford ❤️ Pic by @lawless_ireland

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2. The Greenway - Waterford

On of the most picturesque cycling routes in the country.

Get that fresh air in your lungs.


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Wishing we were here on the beautiful Waterford Greenway today ???? Pic by @wetraveltheworld

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3. Rock Of Cashel - Tipperary

The was the seat of the kings of Munster for over a thousand years.

It's a mystical sight and plays a part in many stories of Irish mythology.

Brian Boru was crowned King of Ireland here, after he united the country under one leader for the first time in history.

4. Cobh - Cork

Such a stunning place!

Cobh is known as the last port of call of the Titanic in 1912.


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Colorful Cobh brightening up our day ???????? pic by @ouririshstory on #lovinireland

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5. Newgrange - Meath

This prehistoric monument is one of the most famous around.

It's an exceptionally long passage tomb that was built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptians.

6. Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk

This cliff walk is a must.

During the summer the fields turn gold with hundreds and thousands of rapeseed flowers.

Stop off in The Happy Pear after your stroll for some bangin' coffee and healthy grub.


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Greystones is yellow ???? pic by @fearghal

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7. Japanese Gardens - Kildare

Take a step away from reality, put the phone away and smell the flowers.


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Lovely day #garden

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8. The Wonderful Barn - Kildare

The Wonderful Barn in Leixlip. Built in 1743, there's quite a few theories for the purpose of this unique looking building.

Could it have been a folly, a dovecote or a gamekeepers tower?


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The Wonderful Barn in Leixslip is something else! Pic by @celtic_love

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9. Glendalough

Nothing beats a hike around one of Ireland's natural beauties.

The view from the top is like no other.

10. Kilkenny Castle

This medieval town has so much to offer.

From cute cafés to craft shops, pubs to the stunning Kilkenny castle.

This is one you won't want to miss out on.

Well, time to pack your bags!

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