Meath, Ireland's Heritage Capital - a rich and royal land
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County Meath – Ireland’s Heritage Capital - was once the territory of the High Kings of Ireland. Some of Ireland's most important historic sites and monuments are located within County Meath and virtually every important aspect of Irish history from prehistoric times is associated with the county. It is 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. Where wonderful living heritage and invigorating leisure activities sit effortlessly side by side...
The Boyne Valley
The Boyne Valley is probably one of the most interesting areas in Ireland to visit. The massive megalithic tombs and passage graves at Newgrange, Dowth, Knowth and Loughcrew, the Royal site at the Hill of Tara, Tailteann, the site of the Great Aonach which continued tri-annually for over 3,000 years, monastic houses at Trim and Bective, 16th and 17th Century great houses, are all vivid reminders of a glorious past.
Waterways and Angling
The two main rivers in the county, the Boyne and the Blackwater join at Navan, which stretches to the Irish Sea, is the most historic waterway in Ireland. The rich legend of the Boyne with Fionn MacCumhall and the Salmon of Knowledge is still told today. The waterways are rich in aquatic life and the salmon and trout are recognised as among the finest in Ireland.
An Unrivalled Location
Located just 30 minutes north of Dublin in the North East of Ireland and at the heart of Ireland's Boyne Valley, County Meath can boast an unrivalled and enviable location at the hub of four major motorways - the M1, M2, M3 and M4. We are rightfully proud of the fact that we are Ireland's most accessible county. County Meath is located only 30 minutes from Dublin International Airport while the ferry ports in Dublin, Dun Laoghaire and Belfast are also convenient. Regular train services from Dublin stop at Laytown, Drogheda and Dunboyne while there are frequent bus services throughout County Meath from Dublin.
Horse Racing & Equestrian
Set your heart racing in County Meath at one of our four racecourses! National Hunt and Flat racing is regularly held at Fairyhouse (home of the Irish Grand National) and Bellewstown (for over 300yrs). Navan Racecourse is one of the finest possible tests for National Hunt horses. Laytown is a unique event here the only recognised strand races in Europe take place every September. Meath is one of Ireland's most renowned centres for equestrian sports and horse breeding with world class studs dotted right around the county.
Meath - Proud to have hosted The 2011 Solheim Cup. Meath is home to some of the finest golf courses in all of Ireland. Don't just take our word for it! Des Smyth, the first Irishman to win on the US Seniors Tour and a former Ryder Cup player and Vice Captain, says 'I can honestly say that the quality and variety of courses in Meath is on a par with anywhere I have been.'
The hosting of The 2011 Solheim Cup at the magnificent Killeen Castle has only enhanced Meath's reputation as a great place to play golf.
There is a long tradition of Crafts excellence in Meath and today’s craftworkers in Meath have carried on this leagacy. The Tara Brooch and Book of Kells are only two of the 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.
Meath Restaurants & Pubs
A large range of Meath Restaurants offer excellent locally produced food and of course, don’t leave the County without experiencing some traditional music in the pubs of Co. Meath.