Glendalough, County Wicklow Glendalough, County Wicklow

East Ireland's Castles & Ancient Settlements

Castles & Ancient Sites in East Ireland

The ancient landscape of Ireland's East tells the story of education, love and religion. The Rock of Dunamase was a wedding present given by Lord Strongbow to Aoife, the King of Leinster's daughter. The monastic site of Glendalough is known as one of Ireland's first schools of learning. Clonmacnoise Monastery stands as a reminder of what was once a major centre, not only in Ireland but throughout Europe, of religion, learning and trade.

Irish Castles & Settlements

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East Ireland Castles

Here we take a look at the most popular castles in Ireland's East.

Trim Castle, County Meath

Trim Castle

Slane Castle, County Meath

Slane Castle

Leap Castle, County Offaly

Leap Castle

East Ireland Ancient Sites and Settlements

Explore Ireland's East ancient sites, settlements and monuments.

Glendalough Monastic Site, County Wicklow

Glendalough Monastic Site

Newgrange, County Meath


Hill of Tara, County Meath

Hill of Tara

people walking through Brú na Bóinne, County Meath

Brú na Bóinne

The monastery of Clonmacnoise, County Offlay


Rock of Dunamase, Co. Laois

Rock of Dunamase

Rock of Dunamase is believed to have been first settled, by Christians, in the 6th century. Invaded by Vikings in 842 and left vacant during the 10th and 11th century. The castle, in ruins on the site today, was built in the second half of the 12th century.

 Megalithic tombs of Loughcrew Cairns, County Offaly

Loughcrew Cairns