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The Celtic Sea is an area of the Atlantic Ocean stretching down the south coast of Ireland, reaching as far out as Brittany and to adjacent areas of Great Britain. Known as “Ireland's Ancient East”, the region is home to Viking settlements, ancient memorials and rugged coastal scenery.
Rent a holiday home in the town of Wicklow and make the 30-minute trip to the must-visit area, Glendalough. One of the most beautiful parts of the region, this glacial valley is home to an early medieval monastic settlement from the 6th Century. Significant monuments include The Round Tower, the Cathedral and the Priest's House. In addition to the area's historic importance, it is also set in the Wicklow Mountains National Park – the largest in Ireland. The national park offers an abundance of wildlife, beautiful views, walking and cycling trails and the opportunity for fishing. If you are keen to explore more of the region's history and culture, visit the oldest working lighthouse in the world, Hook Head, which sits on the Hook peninsula. The lighthouse is located approximately 15 minutes from Fethard-on-Sea. 800 years ago, monks kept the beacon lit for sailors and now, guided tours can be taken to learn about the history of this landmark. If you are lucky, you may be able to see whales or dolphins in the waters surrounding the peninsula.
Waterford is a highly recommendable city to rent holiday accommodation along the Celtic Sea. As the oldest city in Ireland and a famous seaport, Waterford was once an old Viking settlement founded in the 9th Century. Home to Waterford's Treasures Museum, the popular attraction explores the history and artefacts of the ancient city. Alternatively, stay in a holiday cottage in Baltimore, a peaceful fishing village in County Cork. Sitting on the tip of the country, Baltimore is a friendly village and offers visitors the chance to enjoy the “wild Atlantic way”. Here you can enjoy deep-sea angling, kayaking, diving or wildlife watching. Baltimore runs regular ferries to the islands of Cape Clear, Sherkin and Heir. The area also hosts plenty of ruined castles and coastal walks to enjoy the incredible scenery and sea views.
Wherever you decide to explore and stay along the Celtic Sea, you will not be disappointed. With incredible scenery and bursting with history, this region really is the country's “Ancient East”. If you enjoy your accommodation on the Celtic Sea and you are not ready to leave Ireland just yet, consider visiting Dublin or Galway, both popular destinations on the island, with something for everyone.
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