Three/ Four Days

Within the Pale

Dublin is a city pulsating with life that wears its history extremely well. As the capital, it contains the country’s main museums, galleries and theatres. However, Dublin is only one small part of Ireland. Just beyond are some fantastic places full of interesting people.

Trim is an attractive town that also happens to contain the largest medieval castle in Ireland. Not far from the fortress is a public archaeological excavation that takes place each summer at the Dominican Black friary. Next up is Drogheda. On your way there visit the seat of the Irish High Kings at Tara and the hugely impressive passage tombs of Brú na Bóinne. Drogheda has got some impressive medieval remains of its own. It also has atmospheric pubs and excellent restaurants.

The 12th century Cistercian monastery of Mellifont is just a few kilometres from the town. An hour’s drive north is beautiful Carlingford.  Take some time to relax here. In fact, stay here as long as you can! Containing a palpable medieval heritage, its stunning surroundings offer great hill walking opportunities.