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Meath is a magical place, steeped in 6,000 years of heritage that touches just about every aspect of the county. With easy access to Dublin and a treasure trove of attractions throughout the county, Meath is a great place to stay.
A strange phenomenon takes place every December at Newgrange, a Stone Age passage tomb that is about 600 years older than Egypt’s great pyramids. At 8.20am on December 21 (the winter solstice), the rising sun’s rays shine through the gap above the entrance and illuminate the tomb chamber for 17 minutes. Entry to Newgrange is by guided tour from the Bru na Boinne centre only.
Trim Castle is Ireland’s largest Anglo-Norman castle (and a setting for the Mel Gibson movie Braveheart). Built on the banks of the River Boyne and encompassing a vast 30,000 square metres of living space, it was constructed mainly by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter in the late 12th and early 13th centuries.
Towering 158 metres above its surroundings, the commanding Hill of Tara is home to several historic sites. The ruins of a friary church and college lie on the top of the hill, and the remains of a 12th-century Norman motte and bailey lie on the west side.
Located in the Boyne Valley, Knowth is an ancient monument of Brú na Bóinne. This Neolithic passage grave is the biggest of all passage graves situated within the Brú na Bóinne complex.
The main concentrations of megalithic cairns among the Slieve na Caillaigh hills at Loughcrew are on Carnbane East and Carnbane West. The backstone of the chamber of Cairn T at Carnbane East is illuminated by a beam of light at sunrise on the spring and autumn equinoxes.
Just 15km from Trim Castle, the Hill of Tara was the ancient seat of power of Irish royalty. Monuments and mysterious ancient earthen structures remain dotted about the area, creating a vast archaeological complex between Navan and Dunshaughlin. The rough terrain is scattered with passage tombs and ceremonial enclosures, and offers views of up to one-quarter of the Irish mainland.
Meath is inextricably linked with horse racing. Enjoy the thrill of it at the Fairyhouse Irish Grand National horse-racing festival, Navan, the Laytown strand race, or the age-old Bellewstown Races.
The traditional escape for Dublin city dwellers, Bettystown is a bustling village with a fine sandy beach. This is a great place to enjoy the pristine coastline at anytime of year.
The Battle of the Boyne Centre in Oldbridge commemorates the historic battle that took place between rival monarchs James II and his son-in-law, William III, in July 1690. It is based in the refurbished Oldbridge House and features a fine audio-visual show, original and replica 17th-century weaponry, a laser battlefield model, and self-guiding walks through the battle site.
Meath is steeped in history both ancient and relatively modern, and a great way to appreciate the breadth and depth of its historic associations is by following a heritage trail. There are eight to choose from, including Beamore, Clonard, Kells, and Slane.
3.5km from Nobber
Situated on the River Dee in north County Meath, this holiday property has been beautifully refurbished to a very high standard, with all modern conveniences, including a wood-burning stove and central heating. It enjoys an idyllic farm setting, with walks along the River Dee and a setting defined by natural beauty.
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1km from Bettystown
This spacious 4 star property is nestled between Laytown and Bettystown in County Meath.
A beautiful two-storey holiday home, it offers two comfortable bedrooms, one of which is a super king-size bedroom. It also has a luxurious main bathroom and a beautiful old pine farmhouse kitchen.
Relax in the delightful dining area, while enjoying the panoramic sea views.
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1.4km from Bettystown
This stunning 4-star property is located between Laytown and Bettystown in County Meath.
A perfect day begins waking up in one of two luxurious bedrooms in this beautiful thatched holiday home. You can enjoy a leisurely breakfast taking in some breathtaking sea views. The charming whitewashed cottage is tastefully furnished throughout. Lose yourself in the old fashioned romance of an open fire. Relax on the window seat, while admiring the beautiful flower gardens.
This beautiful 4-star cottage is located halfway between Laytown and Bettystown in County Meath. Experience the thrill of sleeping under a thatched roof in this 300-year-old holiday home. The cottage has three comfortable bedrooms. Bed linen and towels are supplied free. The character of the house shows in vaulted oak-beamed ceilings and beautiful sea views. It has a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious lounge.
Stay at an exclusive 300-year-old holiday cottage on the beach, only 25 minutes north of Dublin Airport. These recently renovated cottages offer a luxurious and peaceful setting, with large organic flower gardens, an exceptional standard of accommodation, stunning views, fully fitted kitchens, and comfortable living areas.
The cottages can be enjoyed by families, couples, honeymooners - any one who wants a break from the hustle and bustle of modern living in an idyllic haven of peace.
4.8km from Enfield
Situated on the grounds of a 150-year-old period building, this charming holiday home offers quality accommodation in the countryside near Enfield in south County Meath.
This south-facing holiday home has two bedrooms, with two single beds and one double bed. Free bed linen is provided.
0.8km from Bettystown
Stay at a beautiful holiday apartment in Bettystown, Co. Meath, overlooking Bettystown Beach. This apartment is well appointed, with three bedrooms and a master bedroom en-suite with shower and bath. The apartment is located within a minute's walk of this lovely seaside resort's many amenities, including shops, cafes, restaurants, and Funtasia amusement park.
Abundant attractions within the area include Newgrange and the beautiful Boyne Valley.
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3.4km from Clonard
Enjoy the authentic rural setting of this holiday home in Enfield, Co. Meath. The house has mature gardens, log fire, TV, video and DVD. Surrounded by green fields and grazing sheep, this is a haven of peace and relaxation. The four-bedroom house sleeps up to six people. Close to the River Boyne and the Royal Canal, this is an ideal location for touring the midlands of Ireland. Popular activities include fishing, boating, walking, and cycling.
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8.5km from Navan
These holiday cottages are set in a converted farmyard, which has been lovingly restored to provide the highest standard of accommodation in a peaceful and tranquil setting just 3km from the new M3 motorway (junction 7) and 6km from Navan. This beautiful four-star accommodation is just 30 minutes from the airport and 45 minutes from Dublin Port, and is the ideal location to explore the wealth of historic sites in the Royal County.
Stay at a converted stable mews that has been lovingly restored to provide the highest standard of accommodation in a peaceful and tranquil setting just 30 minutes from the airport and 45 minutes from Dublin Port. Located just 3km from the new M3 motorway (junction 7) and 6km from Navan, this is the ideal location to explore the wealth of historic sites in the Royal County.
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