Ireland’s east coast is a haven for culture vultures, history buffs and foodies, boasting some of the country’s top attractions and most vibrant towns. Some of Ireland’s most beautiful self-catering holiday cottages can be found close to the stunning shores of County Wicklow, and County Dublin; whereas the rural cottages of County Cavan and County Westmeath are the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy some peace and quiet.
Eastern Ireland is also perfect for adventure lovers and action-packed family trips, where you can alternate between busy days out and relaxing walks in the countryside. You will love the unspoilt landscape of County Laois and County Longford, where few tourists ever venture. Walk through idyllic villages which have barely changed in the past 100 years, and explore the ancient ruins of castles and forts scattered across the landscape.
In County Kildare you can set off into the foothills of the nearby Wicklow Mountains or go off in the direction of the Bog of Allen where much of Ireland’s peat is cut to burn on open fires. Here you will come across marshy streams and ducks chasing through the reeds and you can end a perfect day in front of a roaring peat fire in a traditional Irish pub.
For a sense of Ireland’s ancient past base yourself in County Meath, County Offaly or County North Tipperary. No matter where you stay, you will never be too far away from an old castle which harks back to the pre-colonial era and you will find every village and glen has its own unique folklore and story to tell. Learn about the giant Fionn Mac Cumhaill (pronounced ‘Finn McCool’) who travelled the length and breadth of Eastern Ireland, eventually making it to Ireland’s north coast where he built the Giant’s Causeway. Wherever you are staying, the locals will be sure to fill you in on the local myths and legends which add even more colour to the land. Just make sure you don’t accidentally wander into a fairy ring...we could go on forever you need to come and see for yourself!