How to Explore the Ancient Celtic Heritage Sites in Ireland

In case you are interested in the history of Ireland, you might want to start by visiting the Celtic heritage sites. Although they have been built hundreds of years ago, they could really speak to you and they will help you understand the people of the past.

Newgrange

Newgrange

This is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and an archeological wonder. In the past the site has been used as a ceremonial mound, even before the Pyramids and Stonehenge were built. It was made using over 200,000 tons of rock. It is interesting to note how perfectly each stone fits into the design.

Glendalough

Glendalough

Glendalough is an abandoned monastery from the 5th century which has been built between two lakes surrounded by forests. If you would like to enjoy the spirituality of the location, you might want to arrive early, before the rest of the tourists.

The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel

The first thing you will notice once you get to Cashell is the abbey on the top of the mountain. The Rock has been built over 1,600 years ago. It served as a fortress until 1101, when it has been granted to the church. If you ever go there make sure to take a look at the church’s carvings and enjoy the view from the top.

Skelling Michael

Skelling Michael

The monastery has been built by monks in the 6th century. The monks living here produced their own food and they have been working on transcribing the great books of the period in order to save them from the Dark Ages. The oratory and the church can be reached through the stone stairs. This is another one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

In case you are looking for a sacred landscape, this is the one to be thinking about. In the middle you will find a stone circle surrounded by numerous smaller circles. The site itself is so large that some of the circles belong to the farms neighboring the cemetery. Getting a sight at the first dolmen issomething that you will never forget.

Get a feel of it

Get a feel of it

Before you actually travel to Ireland, you should find out a little something about the Celts history. This way it will be easier for you to understand their culture and why they did the things they did. Do some research about the region that you are about to visit.

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