Here’s some of the best attractions the Royal County
has to share:
Brú na Bóinne
Home to three fascinating Neolithic passage tombs, a visit to Brú na Bóinne
is a really special experience. Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth are 5,000-year-old engineering marvels, surrounded in mystery and intrigue. Best known for the illumination of its passage chamber at winter solstice, access to Newgrange’s chamber on solstice mornings is decided by a lottery system, but the magic is hauntingly recreated during your visit at any time of the year.
Newgrange might be the rockstar of Irish passage tombs but across the county, the lesser known Loughcrew Cairns
are not to be overlooked. Come prepared for a steep climb to check out the collection of tombs and the unique style of megalithic petroglyphs across three hilltops. Gather at dawn on the March and September equinoxes to see the sun shine through the passage at Cairn T, illuminating the symbols carved into the back wall of the chamber and the corbelled roof. It’s truly magical, which is fitting for a site rumoured to have been created by a witch.
Kells High Crosses
A few minutes down the road, standing in the shadow of the Round Tower at Kells, are three High Crosses
built in the 9th century by the monks of St Colmcille’s Iona from Scotland. The same monastery produced the world famous Book of Kells. A fourth cross, with carvings to signify that a fugitive could claim sanctuary within the boundaries of this monastic area, has been moved a short distance away to outside Kells Courthouse.