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.
Here we take a look at the most popular castles in Ireland's East.
Explore Ireland's East ancient sites, settlements and monuments.
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.