Explore Ireland's Ancient East
Step back in time with a trip around Ireland's Ancient East and bring over 5,000 years of history back to life with beautiful lands of rolling green hills and breath-taking scenery.
All within an hour drive from the Court Yard, at the heart of Co. Kildare is The Shackleton Museum in Athy. The museum was established to celebrate the socio historic legacy of the area. The museum is home to the permanent exhibition devoted to Ernest Shakelton and highlights the original sledge and harness of his Antarctic Expedition.
Venture out to Co. Meath, also known as the Royal County of Ireland. Visit and soak in the breathtaking views from the Hill of Tara where many centuries ago aspiring High Kings of Ireland went to be crowned in elaborate kingship rituals.
Only a stone throw away is Newgrange, a 5,200 year old passage tomb surrounded by 97 large kersntone, some engraved with megalithic art. A true jewel in the crown of Ireland's Ancient East.
The Spire of LLoyd is a monument not to be missed. This inland lighthouse was build by Henry Aaron Baker and offers Phenomenal views of the surrounding countryside as far as the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
Cross the border into Co. Wicklow, home to some of the most breath-taking mountains and landscapes. Glendalough is undoubtedly the most popular tourist destination in Ireland with it's stunning landscapes, beautiful trail walks and ancient monastery ruins.