East Coast and Midlands Region
This is a very large region, both in land area and population. The region excludes Dublin City and County. The East Coast and Midlands stretches from the magnificent beaches of the east coast to the majestic River Shannon in the Midlands. The area has great variety of attractions and amenities.
It is full of great castles and cathedrals and County Wicklow boasts some of Europe's finest gardens. In fact, the nickname of the county is “The Garden of Ireland” such is its outstanding beauty. The Hill of Uisneach was the seat of High Kings, site of the Druid Fire Cult and the Bealtaine and Samhain Festival. Historians argue that here is the very source of Halloween.
The beautiful Boyne Valley has massive importance in both Irish history and archaeology with Newgrange, County Meath located on the river near Drogheda. Also beside it at Oldbridge, the Battle of the Boyne took place in 1690 and the significance of that event resonates in Ireland to this day. Further south, the Hill of Tara is compulsory to see.
Kildare has a wonderful horseracing and breeding tradition with the large commons that is The Curragh of Kildare a Mecca for followers of the Sport of Kings. The National Stud and Japanese gardens are must-see attraction in the county
The “ Wee County” as County Louth is known, boasts the Cooley Mountains with all their legends and the Monasterboice Round Tower and High Crosses, one of the most famous in Ireland. Nearby, is Old Mellifont Abbey, a magnificent relic of the early days of the Cistercian Order presence in Ireland.
Westmeath is noted for its lakes and waterways with Athlone considered to be the most central town in Ireland.
In County Laois, Durrow Castle and Gardens are a compulsory stop as is the magnificent Clonmacnoise Abbey in North Offaly. Whilst there one might call on the Tullamore Dew Museum and Visitor Centre in the town an have a taste of their wonderful Irish liqueurs.
Lough Gowna and the Royal Canal will attract your attention in County Longford, among many other features and amenities.
The East Coast and Midlands region offers great leisure, dining, drinking and accommodation facilities to suit all price ranges and remain convenient to airports and ports.
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