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County Meath, situated in the middle east of Ireland, is known for its rolling green countryside and historical attractions – it is nicknamed the “Royal County” after previously being the seat of the High King of Ireland. Stay in Navan accommodation, the county town and just a one hours drive from the capital, Dublin. Here you can visit Bective Abbey, the Round Tower or do some shopping in the town centre. The Abbey, overlooking the River Boyne was founded in 1147 and the outside walls remain perfectly preserved and are free to wander around - this was also the site of the film Braveheart.
The River Boyne runs through the county and borders County Louth before flowing into the Irish Sea. The Boyne Valley holds its own importance – the landscape is filled with passage tombs, monastic ruins and is the site of historic battles. Head to Trim, home to the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. The valley holds a visitor centre to learn more about the area. Popular activities in the picturesque region include walking, fishing, golfing and kayaking through Trim, not to mention visiting the Bru na Boinne sites. Bru na Boinne lies approximately 40km from Dublin and is also known as the “Bend of the Boyne” since it is situated on the bend of the River Boyne. This is one of the most significant prehistoric landscapes in the world and features three passage tombs and monuments of Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth, built over 5000 years ago in the Late Stone Age. To visit these sites, join a tour from the Visitor Centre, located close to the village of Donore. If you enjoy the seaside, stay in a holiday home in Bettystown, a quaint coastal town with a sandy beach and the site of where the famous “Tara Brooch” was found. The town also offers an entertainment and water park.
Staying in County Meath holiday rentals acts as an ideal base in which to explore from. For those interested in history, perhaps visit the Irish Military War Museum or explore the Hill of Tara, an archaeological site and the previous seat of the High King of Ireland – according to tradition. Other activities that visitors to County Meath might enjoy are horse-riding, hot air ballooning and trying out the local pubs and restaurants. Other popular destinations to consider visiting on the island include Belfast or Cork.
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