Best Celtic attractions in Ireland

Monasterboice Kevin Lawver/Flickr

Monasterboice ©Kevin Lawver/Flickr

The astonishing country of Ireland is famous for its history, mysterious places and the ancient monuments found on the grounds of it. Besides, there are innumerable legends which originate from Celtic sites and locations still seen in the country. These legends are also very attractive for tourists. The Celts have left a significant impression on the country which range from handcrafted circles to amazing monuments.

If you love Celtic history and legends, the following guide is a must-read for you! Below I will present you the best Celtic attractions in Ireland. Visit as many as you can and I guarantee you will return home with an unforgettable experience. For more information, you should check this video, too.

Hill of Tara and the “Stone of Destiny”

Considered ancient Ireland’s most sacred site, the Hill of Tara is with no doubt one of the best Celtic sites in the country. At the height of its importance, around 600BC, Tara used to serve as a royal centre of Mide (it means “The Middle Kingdom”).

There is a standing stone known as “Lia Fail” (the “Stone of Destiny) located on the hill, at the centre of The Royal Seat which is actually a circular mound. If you would like to see an ancient Celtic site, I think you can not miss this one.

Stone of Destiny

Stone of Destiny ©Dave Keeshan/Flickr

The Uragh Stone Circle

Another fascinating ancient Celtic site in Ireland is the Uragh Stone Circle. The fantastic stone circle is situated near the Gleninchaquin Park, in County Kerry. Located near Lough Inchiquin, it is a popular tourist attraction.

It consists of five megaliths of which the largest stone is 3 m tall and the circle has a diameter of about 2.4 m. At the south there are two brilliant quartz stones. This ancient monument is a must-see attraction of Ireland.

The site of Monasterboice

The breathtaking site of Monasterboice is an extremely popular historic site in Ireland. It is considered to be one of the Irish religious art’s finest surviving examples.  This religious site is considered to be founded in 520AD, by Saint Buite and includes two churches, a high cross and a round tower. The High Cross makes the site very famous among visitors.

The name derives from the Irish “Mainistir Bhuithe”. It means “the monastery of Buite”. Today the ruined site is famous for holding the country’s 2nd highest round tower. As for the cross, its full name is Muiredach’s High Cross and is considered the country’s finest high cross.

Monasterboice

Monasterboice ©Kevin Lawver/Flickr

Loughcrew

With about 30 passage tombs, Loughcrew is an extremely important Celtic site in Ireland.  It is considered one of the country’s most important prehistoric cemeteries. Many say that it is better than its famous rival, the Newgrange. Inside the central tomb you can see fantastic Celtic designs carved into the rock which are still perfectly visible.

Loughcrew tomb

Loughcrew tomb ©IrishFireside/Flickr

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