Cavan Burren Park

Located outside the village of Blacklion in Co Cavan, Cavan Burren Park, a limestone plateau, is one of the finest prehistoric landscapes in Ireland where visitors can discover megalithic tombs, stone walls, ancient rock art, glacial erratics and pre-bog walls through the newly-established Cavan Burren Park Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre provides information on the geological, archaeological, mythological and natural history of this intriguing landscape. Alongside the visitor centre, there are five walking trails (one with multi-access) with interpretation along the way to help you unravel the layers of archaeology.

Louth - The Cooley Peninsula

The Cooley Peninsula is amazing. Slieve Foy - listed under a European Habitats Directive as a specially protected area for flora, fauna and Little People.… as in leprechauns - is said to be the resting place of Irish hero Fionn mac Cumhaill. It was central to the The Cattle Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cuailnge) legend from 12th century of Queen Medbh of Connacht and the warrior Cuchulainn. Slieve Foy hosts an annual leprechaun hunt. You can even see a leprechaun’s suit and bones at local pub, PJ O’Hare’s.

Meath - Hill of Slane

The Phoenix Park, the largest urban park in Europe (1,752 acres) contains a number of stately homes, including the official residency of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, and Dublin Zoo. Open to the public all year, the Phoenix Park contains sports fields, a number of cycle and walking routes and has been home to a large herd of fallow deer since the 17th century. An exhibition on the history and wildlife of the Phoenix Park is on display in the Visitor Centre.

Meath - Newgrange

Newgrange, a 5000 year old passage tomb of global significance, is the site of the breathtaking winter solstice illumination. Tickets for the guided tour can be purchased at the Boyne Valley interpretive centre. Once the scene has been set, you’ll step inside the passage tomb itself where all visitors are treated to a simulated solstice, with an orange beam of light artificially showcasing the effect. little wonder legend suggests that this was the site where mythological hero Cú Chulainn was conceived.