Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne: Dowth – burial chambers, art and winter solstice

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne: Dowth – burial chambers, art and winter solstice

The most important monuments in Brú na Bóinne are the megalithic stones at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The before mentioned monuments are enlisted as World Heritage Sites. Dowth might not be as widely known as the other tombs but it is just as much valuable and worth visiting. This monument was most probably built about 5000 years ago just like the others. What is different about it though is that unlike Newgrange and Knowth, Dowth can be visited directly. Here you can take a look at the ... [ read more ]

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne: Knowth – tombs and history after the building period

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne: Knowth – tombs and history after the building period

The most important monuments in Brú na Bóinne are the megalithic stones at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The before mentioned monuments are enlisted as World Heritage Sites. After Newgrange, Knowth is a remarkable prehistoric memorial site, which is basically a large dune with two passage tombs enclosed by 18 smaller dunes. The large mound lies on approximately half a hectare and it is called Site 1. The entrances are dotted with unusual rocks like granite or quartz. The smaller tombs, of w... [ read more ]

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne – art, tombs and stones at Newgrange

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne – art, tombs and stones at Newgrange

The most important monuments in Brú na Bóinne are the megalithic stones at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The before mentioned monuments are enlisted as World Heritage Sites. The most known of these three Irish passage tombs is Newgrange which dates back to approximately the 2nd or 3rd century BC. The diameter of the whole monument site is about 80 meters. The most outstanding piece among the stones is the one called the Entrance Stone which is beautifully decorated. Tombs and stones The mo... [ read more ]

Visitor’s guide to Brú na Bóinne art – carvings, tombstones and monuments

Visitor’s guide to Brú na Bóinne art – carvings, tombstones and monuments

Traditions of the past are present in many things. They are present in the everyday lives of the people, in their celebrations and festivals, in their architecture and last but not least in art. Every country, region and town has their own unique style that represents them as a nation, as a community. In Brú na Bóinne, Boyne Valley art has an important role. The monuments are featured by combinations of triangles and spirals, arcs, chevrons and lozenges which you can see on tombstones and a... [ read more ]

Visiting Brú na Bóinne: archeological site and world heritage

Visiting Brú na Bóinne: archeological site and world heritage

Brú na Bóinne is an archeological site and a valuable natural heritage located in the eastern region of Ireland, about 40 kilometers from Dublin, between Drogheda and Slane. The name itself, Brú na Bóinne means mansion or palace of the Boyne. This important archeological landscape is famous for its three gigantic passage tombs: Dowth, Knotwth and Newgrange. They are said to have been build in the Neolithic Age or presumably in the Late Stone Age. Knowth contains the biggest set of megalit... [ read more ]

Visiting Connemara and Mayo County: Clifden and Cong

Visiting Connemara and Mayo County: Clifden and Cong

When you visit Ireland you must simply not miss out on the most distinct area of the country which is dotted with beautiful contrasts. It is a place filled with ancient history both savage and sacred. It has unique and illuminating contemporary literature and cultural remnants from the past. It is an ideal holiday destination for the adventurous and young travelers. Visit the beautiful countryside and experience the rural and rugged Irish stereotype. Clifden and Cong are two beautiful villag... [ read more ]

Top things to do in Ireland in the summer – biking, cruising, museums and beaches

Top things to do in Ireland in the summer – biking, cruising, museums and beaches

As summer arrives lots of events are happening all over Ireland especially outdoors. The country offers lots of cultural, adventurous and fun things to do. The evenings get longer and the weather gets warmer which allows one to go out more and enjoy something special. There are several hiking opportunities, festivals and other fun things to do in Ireland during the summer season. Take your friends or family out for a picnic and enjoy the sunny weather. There are also cruising opportunities, l... [ read more ]

Traditional crafts and design in Ireland

Traditional crafts and design in Ireland

Irish crafts and designs have a long traditional history which can be lead back to the Celtic culture and craftsmanship. Their skills and handiness is visible in the art of woodturning, jewelry making and many others. Today many craftsmen have opened their doors and let tourists and visitors get a peek behind the scenes. Experience the real essence of Irish crafts and design while you are on holiday. Enter the world of Irish traditional art and masters of traditional craftsmanship. You c... [ read more ]

Castles and other heritage sites in western Ireland

Castles and other heritage sites in western Ireland

There are countless heritage sites and numerous castles all over Ireland which contribute to its special, unique atmosphere. Walk through this beautiful land that is full of legend, mythology and history. Visit medieval castles and ruins, long forgotten and abandoned places, abbeys and prehistoric forts. Learn about Irish history and mythology by entering the walls which witnessed them. Most of these castles and houses were built during the 12th or 13th century and today stand in their origina... [ read more ]

Castles of south-western Ireland

Castles of south-western Ireland

Castles are fascinating remains of the past which are usually surrounded by a special historic and sometimes mythical atmosphere that attracts many visitors. In the south-western region of Ireland there are several castles as such which are well worth visiting. Some of them are more popular and can be quite busy and others are less crowded by the mass of tourists. Nonetheless all make part of the history of Ireland and are worth seeing. The many constructions are all built in different centuri... [ read more ]