Places to visit when staying at Crannmor
(c 3,200 B.C.) is the best-known monument of the World Heritage Site of Bru na Boinne, predating the ancient pyramids by 400 years and Stonehenge by 1000. The passage tomb is surrounded by 97 kerb stones, the most impressive is the large entrance stone which is covered in swirls and designs. View more details here
Battle of the Boyne
Exhibitions, audiovisual presentation, display of replica 17th Century weaponry, walled garden, car and coach parking. Centre will be accessible to visitors with disabilities- including Pavillion Tea Room. Optional self-guiding walks on Battlesite Walkways and Boyne Riverside Walkway. Looking at the site one wouldn’t expect that the Battle of the Boyne, in 1690, 300 years after passions in Ireland still run high when the subject of James II’s defeat by William of Orange comes up.
The passage tomb at Loughcrew: magnificent, mighty and virtually unknown. This massive prehistoric mound is nothing less than the Irish equivalent of Egypt’s pyramids; both witnessed the passage of the dead from this world to the next. As with the pyramids, Loughcrew continues to perplex and amaze; the burial complex in Meath possibly more so - it predates its desert cousins by 2000 years.
The medieval world of monks and abbeys brings to mind an ascetic life of isolation, prayer and scholarly study. This tells only part of the story. Irish monasteries were often thriving and highly sought out enclaves of cultural creativity, quite literally beacons in the dark, responsible for preserving and passing on precious texts and for the creation of some of the world’s most imaginative and fanciful Christian art.
Hill of Tara
For well over two thousand years royalty occupied Tara. This was an ideal spot to build a palace and, in time, the Five Ancient Roads of Ireland converged here, linking Crúachan - Rathcroghan in County Roscommon, Eamain Macha - NavanFort in County Armagh and Dún Ailinne. The view from the hill is one of the best features. The surrounding countryside is considered to be one of the richest pastureland in the whole of Ireland.