Ireland’s Ancient East is packed with a vast array of quirky and different things to do. Whether it’s exploring the eerie dungeons of Wicklow Gaol, the Hook Head Lighthouse and Dunbrody Famine Ship in Wexford, the trails at Cavan Burren Park or a guided tour through the Irish National Stud in Kildare there is a lot to explore and enjoy.
Ireland’s Ancient East is a region is of invasions and historical drama covering everything from Viking raiders to Norman Knights and from pious monks to high kings. With plenty of publicly available guides and maps you will go on an impressive tour through the evocative history of the area.
Wicklow Mountains National Park is the largest of six national parks in Ireland and has in excess of one million visitors a year. It is located south of Dublin and comprises the area of 220 square km that stretches through County Wicklow and small areas of County Dublin and is certainly worth a visit. The landscape is truly captivating with wide open spaces of the park interrupted by forestry plantations, narrow winding mountain roads and crisscrossed by fast flowing streams descending into deep lakes.
Glendalough is home to one of the most sacred sites of Ireland. With a history spanning 1400 years this early Christian Monastic settlement was founded by St Kevin in the turbulent 6th century. This “Monastic City” developed into one of the leading Irish lights of religion and learning throughout the medieval period and survived attacks by Viking raiders. This great ecclesiastical site was ultimately destroyed by the invading Normans in 1214 who them reorganised religious life in the area on their terms.
Ireland's Ancient East
The day at leisure to drive to your chosen port of departure for the crossing to Ireland.
followed by the drive to Gorey & the Amber Springs hotel including a welcome dinner
Mileages from the Port to Hotel
Rosslare - 40 miles / Dublin - 55 miles
Belfast - 170 miles
Look What’s Included
• Return Stena Ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare or Holyhead to Dublin - see other crossings options above
• 4 Nights at the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey
• Irish Breakfast each morning and dinners as meal basis below
• Detailed Road book featuring Maps, Great Drives & Local Attractions
• Commemorative Tour Rally plate
• Complimentary Car Parking at the Hotel