Welcome to Meath & the Boyne Valley region, a land full of contradictions. Boasting iconic World Heritage sites yet home to some of Europe's most uber-cool accommodation. Silently tucked away yet so accessible to bustling Dublin city. Setting your heart racing at our four racecourses yet putting you at rest in one of our sumptuous spas. Where wonderful living heritage and invigorating leisure activities sit effortlessly side by side…
Take the first step and check out www.meathtourism.ie today!
Did you know….!
- Meath is known as the Royal County because it was once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland where they ruled from the Hill of Tara.
- It is home to the only official strand races in Europe, which take place on Laytown Beach each September.
- Meath is home to one of three World Designated Heritage Sites in Ireland, the passage tombs of Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange) which are 500 years older than the Pyramids of Egypt.
- Meath was once the fifth province of Ireland called Mide which incorporated what is now Westmeath and large parts of Cavan and Longford
- Trim Castle is Ireland’s Largest Anglo-Norman Castle and also the place where the film Braveheart was shot.
- Ireland’s version of the Olympic games, the Great Aonach took place at Tailteann (Teltown) located half way between Kells and Navan trianually for over 3,000 years.
- The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (Halloween) began in County Meath at the Hill of Ward (Tlachtga) over 2000 years ago. The ‘Spirits of Meath’ Festival commemorates this every October.
- The Battle of the Boyne (1690) site in Oldbridge had the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield.
- St. Colmcille’s monks fled from Iona to Kells in 806AD where they completed their illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels - better known as The Book of Kells.
- The Tara Brooch and the Book of Kells are only two of best known examples of the long tradition of crafts excellence in Meath. Today our craftworkers are renowned as some of the most gifted in the country.
Drogheda (www.drogheda.ie) is our nearest town for entertainment, site seeing, shopping and
Click here to view the local attractions gallery.