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Our Heritage down the ages

Wander through time in Ireland's Ancient East
Castle Leslie, Glaslough, near Carrickmacross, Monaghan
Castle Leslie & Estate
Newgrange near Carrickmacross, Monaghan
Newgrange Passage Tomb
St Peter's Tin Church, Laragh, near Carrickmacross, Monaghan
St Peter's unique Tin Church
Medieval Castle Roche near Carrickmacross, Monaghan
Medieval Castle Roche
Inniskeen Motte near Carrickmacross in Ireland's Ancient East
Inniskeen Norman Motte

History & Heritage

Wander through time

The important developments in Irish history are evident in our built heritage. The pre-historic Ring Forts were built by the settled farmers after the transition from the early nomadic hunter gatherers. The ancient Monasteries mark the rise of Christianity after the late 5th Century. The Viking Invasion lead to the creation of the protective Round Towers.
The Anglo-Norman invaders created the Motte and Bailey defences against attacks from the native Gaelic Chieftains. These defences were later strengthened by the building of Medieval Castles.
The English Plantations of Ireland lead to the building of another phase of 16th and 17th Century Castles. Savour the movements and the moods of society in south Ulster as you wander through time visiting the built symbols of our past since prehistoric times .

Heritage Self Drive Day Trip

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Making Day Trips easy:
Use your SatNav with coordinates OR your smartphone - open the Google Maps app; insert your destination address and go. NB: use a car charger to keep the phone battery charged.

Self drive Day Trip 1

This trail takes you to the beautiful historic village, Inniskeen, on the banks of the river Fane. The famous poet, Patrick Kavanagh, was born here. Your next stop will be Medieval Castle Roche, a site without any services but well worth a visit. Then you will experience the fabulous views over the lake at Concra Wood Golf Club. Finally drop in to Swallow Studios to see the weaver at work.
Google map of route
(Examine the map in detail before travel) GPS Coords for Inniskeen: 54.00290066 & -6.5784931. Address: Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan. Visit the Patrick Kavanagh Centre (booking required; see Visitor Centres) , Inniskeen Round Tower & ancient Monastic Settlement,
Shancoduff Ring Fort and Souterrain,
Inniskeen Motte and Bailey, 
GPS Coords for Medieval Castle Roche:
54.0447134 and -6.492617. Address: Castleroche, Co. Louth.
GPS Coords for Concra Wood GC-
53.9794869 and -6.7098998: Address: Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.
GPS Coords for Swallow Studios 53.9794869 and -6.7098998; Address: Annyalla, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. 
GPS Coords for Carrickmacross:
53.9794869 and -6.7098998

Heritage Self Drive Day Trip

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Self drive Day Trip 2
Visit the Valley of the Kings
This route will take you through one of the most important sites in the world.
To visit Newgrange, a 5,200 year old passage tomb, and/or Knowth arrive at Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, GPS coords 53.69538 and -6.44519, address: Glebe, Co. Meath, as early as possible, 9:30am. Tickets for individuals and small groups are sold on a first come first served basis.
Directions:
Google map of the route
(Examine the map in detail before travel) Exit Carrickmacross onto the N2 south and follow the signs for the M1 - (Ardee/Dublin). Head south on the M1 and leave at exit 9 for Donore and Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre.
Next travel to the Hill of Tara, the seat of the High Kings, GPS coords 53.57881 and -6.61164, address: Navan, Co. Meath. See Google map above.
Retrace back to Navan, take the N51 to Slane, exit onto the N2 north and return via Ardee to Carrickmacross.

Self drive Day Trip 2(a)
This trip includes medieval heritage, a craft brewery/farm visit and fantastic scenery.
Google map of route
(Examine the map in detail before travel) GPS Coords for Brehon Brewhouse:
(booking required; see Visitor Centres) 53.9806478 & -6.6355276, Address: Dunelty, Iniskeen, Carickmacross, Co. Monaghan. 
GPS Coords for Carlingford:
54.0421547 and -6.1868905, address: Carlingford, Co. Louth.
King John's Medieval Castle, Carlingford
Carlingford Lough - beautiful views
Enjoy the Medieval Village and magnificent Carlingford Lough.
GPS Coords for Carrickmacross:
53.9794869 & -6.7098998

Heritage Self Drive Day Trip

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Self drive Day Trip 3
This trail takes in three interesting castles, Darver Medieval Castle, address: Readypenny, Dundalk, Co. Louth, co-ords 53.92629, -6.46794, a fashionable wedding venue, Bellingham 17th century Castle, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth, co-ords 53.89712, -6.38767 an event centre, and Ardee Castle, Ardee, Co. Louth, co-ords 53.85665, and -6.53934, not open to the public. You will travel through the Pale where the Anglo-Norman invaders settled in the middle ages.
Google Map of route

Self drive Day Trip 3(a)
This day trip takes in the unique Tin Church in Laragh Village and the famous Castle Leslie in Glaslough Village. 
Google map of route
(Examine the map in detail before travel) GPS Coords for The Tin Church, Laragh, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, are 54.0481517 & -6.7716979.
GPS Coords for Castle Leslie, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, are 54.319204 & -6.894146
GPS Coords for Carrickmacross:
53.9794869 & -6.7098998