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County Meath Holiday Guide

County Meath sits on the border of County Louth, 28 miles north-west of Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. The River Boyne flows through the county and the lush fertility of the land has ensured that this is a corner of the Republic of Ireland that has been settled and farmed since the end of the Ice Age.

The presence of a healthy population over such a long period of time has led to County Meath earning the title of Ireland’s heritage capital, with sites of historical importance being scattered across the whole of the county. One of the most important of these is perhaps the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Brú na Bóinne.

Travelling to County Meath

The county itself is located just 25 miles away from Dublin Airport. Since the airport takes flights from all over the world, this means that the natural, cultural and historical splendours of County Meath are just a few hours away for visitors travelling from all over the world.

The airport itself is open around the clock, every day of the year except Christmas Day, and it takes flights to and from 175 different cities across Europe and the rest of the world. Boasting all of the facilities you’d expect from a modern transport hub (money changing, car hire and so on), it means that you can start exploring everything that County Meath has to offer just 45 minutes after your flight lands.

Heritage Trails in County Meath

The rich history on view throughout the county is underlined by the fact that there are a number of specific heritage trails to choose from, all of which allow visitors to explore stunning remnants of the past in an ordered and accessible manner.

The Meath heritage trail begins at the Tara Hill, an atmospheric site of ancient earthworks located 15 minutes away from Navan. Other highlights include the remains of Bective Abbey, which was founded in 1147 and is situated 15 minutes off the R161, and Trim Castle, one of the locations used for the film Braveheart.

Unlike some other trails, which require a vehicle and several days to complete, the Athboy Heritage Trail takes place entirely upon the streets of the town of Athboy, and is a historical trip that can easily be enjoyed on foot. Highlights include the Church of Ireland grounds, The Bridge, which was built around 1400, and the ruins of Athboy Castle. Athboy itself is located along the N51.

Hospitality in County Meath

Visitors return to the Republic of Ireland time and time again thanks to the sheer warmth of the welcome provided by the locals. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in the legendary traditional Irish pubs, of which County Meath has more than its fair share.

Farrellys Bar is a truly traditional family-run Irish pub in Oldcastle, famed for its excellent Guinness and offering live music every Thursday and Sunday night. Shanks Mare Pub and Restaurant, located in a tranquil rural setting between Moynalvey and Summerhill, provides a wide range of delicious food, all of which is hand-cooked on the premises.

Culture in County Meath

The Solstice Arts Centre is based in Navan, in the centre of the county. It has been dubbed the entertainment hub of Meath, and offers a selection of national and international artists displaying their skills in music, art, drama and comedy, all staged within a strikingly modernist building.


Guide to Exploring Meath


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Brogans Bar & Guesthouse

Brogans Bar & Guesthouse

High Street, Trim
5.0
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Situated in Trim, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Trim Visitor Centre and Trim Castle. Bective Abbey and Hill of Ward are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£171
Tankardstown

Tankardstown

Rathkenny, Slane
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Slane Castle, Francis Ledwidge Museum, and Hill of Slane. St. Erc's Well and Knowth are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£71
City North Hotel

City North Hotel

M1 Motorway, Gormanston
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of 5, from 124 reviews
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Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gormanston College, Funtasia Entertainment Centre, and Sonairte Ecology Centre. Ardgillan Demesne and Millmount Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£77
Pillo Hotel Ashbourne

Pillo Hotel Ashbourne

The Rath, Ashbourne
4.2
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This family-friendly Ashbourne hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Ashbourne Golf Club and Tayto Park. Corrstown Golf Club and Swords Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£103
Cabra Castle Hotel

Cabra Castle Hotel

Kingscourt, Kingscourt
4.7
of 5, from 72 reviews
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Situated in Kingscourt, this golf hotel is 6.8 mi (10.9 km) from Carrickmacross Lace Gallery and 6.8 mi (10.9 km) from Lough an Leagh Mountain. Cuchulainn Castle and Ramor Theatre are also within 20 mi (32 km).

Station House Hotel

Station House Hotel

Kilmessan, Kilmessan
3.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
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Situated in Kilmessan, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Bective Abbey and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hill of Tara and Dunsany Castle. Royal Tara Golf Club and Killeen Castle Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£67
The Johnstown Estate

The Johnstown Estate

Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield
4.3
of 5, from 18 reviews
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Situated in Enfield, this spa hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Trim Visitor Centre, Trim Castle, and Maynooth Castle. Maynooth National Science Museum and Rye River are also within 16 mi (25 km).

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