Explore East Ireland —  counties Dublin, Meath, Louth and Wicklow

Self Catering Accommodation by County in the East of Ireland: DublinLouthMeath & Wicklow.

Dublin - The Cultural Centre of Ireland

Dublin is both the capital of Ireland as well as the largest city in the country. The history of Dublin dates back to the city's origins as an early Viking settlement during the first century BC, and the region has been the center of the development of Irish culture for more than 2000 years. Today, Dublin has one of the fastest growing populations of all of Europe and a thriving economy. The county of Dublin has a population of over 1.1 million residents, with some 500,000 living in the city of Dublin itself.

Dublin remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland for a number of excellent reasons. From traditional Irish pubs to some of the trendiest nightclubs in Europe, Dublin is generally considered to have the best nightlife in the country, while the cities many cultural attractions offer countless opportunities for exploration. Families have been staying at holiday homes in Dublin for generations to experience the city's historical heritage and take advantage of the many fun family activities that are available in the area. Other holidaymakers travel to Dublin to watch some of their favorite rugby and sports teams in action.

By arranging a stay at one of the holiday homes’ in Dublin, you will find that there are things to see and do that meet every taste. The city of Dublin has a rich literary and artistic legacy, and many travelers visit Dublin for the sole purpose of touring the area's cultural landmarks. Due to the fact that more than half of the population of Dublin is under the age of 25, there are no shortage of attractions for the young at heart, and there are any number of fine shopping and dining venues in the city for travelers to enjoy. Must see visitor attractions include a visit to the Book of Kell's at Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest University, pulling a pint at the Guinness Storehouse and perhaps have a sample of the ‘black stuff’. Take a stroll down Grafton St and shop in the many fashionable stores, or sit back and relax in a café in Dublin’s cultural quarter of Temple Bar and watch the world go by a you soak up Dublin’s vibrant atmosphere.

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Meath - The Heritage Capital of Ireland

County Meath is one of the original counties in Eastern Ireland. It is the 13th largest in terms of population with over one hundred and sixty thousand residents. Meath is located in the province of Leinster and boasts over ten kilometers of beautiful shoreline on the Irish Sea. Rich in historic and cultural attractions and destinations like the castles at Trim and Dunsany and the five thousand year old prehistoric tombs at Bru Na Boinne, Newgrange. Meath is home to some of the most notable aspects of Irish history.

County Meath is home to some of the most popular attractions in Ireland and many historically significant locations. From the Shamrock Festival to the Trim St. Patrick’s Festival, Ireland’s heritage shines through with celebrations in the shadow of some Ireland’s oldest castles and traditions that date back thousands of years. Day trips to Causey Farm are a trip back in time with traditional Irish songs, dancing and cooking. Learn how to bake Irish brown bread, play an Irish drum and even milk a cow while taking in the sights and sounds of the real Ireland. The Francis Ledwidge Museum is the birthplace of the renowned World War One poet and is the actual 19th century cottage he was born in. The cottage has been restored and opened as a museum housing Ledwidge’s works and other memorabilia from the period. You can even take some cooking classes at the Fairyhouse Food and Wine School and learn some classic cooking techniques with themes and dishes for adults and children. With so many sights to see a Meath holiday home should be high priority on everyone’s holiday wish list this year!

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If you are a history lover, a golf fanatic or if you are simply looking for an enriching holiday, then county Louth is the right holiday destination. This diverse county caters for everyone. It gives the nature lover the chance to go horse riding or fishing. For those who prefer a night of clubbing or listening to live Irish traditional music there are several pubs and nightclubs in the two main towns of Dundalk and Drogheda. Experience the Droichead Arts Festival, Clogherhead Prawn Festival, Carlingford Endurance Challenge or the Annagasan Viking Festival. Whether you want your holiday home close to the main cities or if you want a quiet stay, county Louth has it all.

County Louth, the smallest of Ireland's 32 counties is located in the province of Leinster on the east coast of the island. Known as the "wee county", county Louth has a population of over 110, 000. The small county is immersed in Celtic mythology and history. It has been the sight of numerous historical events, which has changed the course of Irish history, the most famous of those being the Battle of The Boyne. To the south lies the beautiful river Boyne and to the north lies the picturesque Carlingford Lough with the Mountains of Mourne in the far distance.

County Louth is a place for the whole family as it offers a wide range of activities. Younger guests are guaranteed excitement, as there are a range of activity sports to choose from, such as canoeing and rock climbing. For those who want to experience something a bit more relaxing there are several beautiful costal walks. Also make sure to discover Louths early and Christian medieval sights; Monasterboice and Old Mellifont Abbey. For the visitor there is a ray of holiday homes around county Louth, conveniently located to all the major attractions.

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A holiday in Wicklow has something for just about everyone and should certainly be included in any trip to Ireland. The county is divided into four distinct areas, three of which have a sea side border. No matter where a visitor decides to stay in the county a Wicklow holiday offers sightseeing, relaxation, history, culture, adventure and so much more.

Less than an hour’s drive south of Dublin’s city center, Wicklow is known as “The Garden of Ireland”. Located in the province of Leinster the county was named after the town of Wicklow and is also the county seat. County Wicklow was established in 1606 and was the last of the original counties. As of the 2006 census, it was the 17th most populated of Ireland's 32 counties with more than 126,000 residents. There are holiday homes available for rental throughout the county; and visitors can opt for a sleepy village or stay in one of the county’s main towns of Arklow, Greystones, or Bray. In fact, the county’s largest city, Bray, is located on the northern border of the county and is considered a suburb of Dublin as well as a gateway to the county.

There are an amazing variety of activities to enjoy in County Wicklow and a holiday home makes a great place to return to after a day of enjoying all the county has to offer. Sightseeing is amazing with beautiful country drives, hiking and hill walks that reveal Wicklow’s stunning scenery, including, pristine long sandy beaches, lush tree-covered hills, cascading waterfalls, sparkling lakes and picturesque villages.

However, there’s more to Wicklow than scenery. The area is rich with heritage and history and locations such as Baltingglass Abbey, Kilruddery House and Gardens and the Glendalough Monastic Settlement should not be missed. Beyond sightseeing Wicklow is also a terrific spot for outdoor vacation enthusiasts with plenty of opportunity for hiking, hill walking, cycling, golf, horseback riding, fishing, and a wide variety of other outdoor adventures that bring everything that's special about Wicklow together.

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