County Meath is known as the Royal County of Ireland because it was once the seat of the High Kings who ruled the Hill of Tara. The capital is Navan. Meath is one of three heritage sites in Ireland and the passage tombs of Brú Na Bóinne are five hundred years older than the Egyptian Pyramids. Counties Kildare, Monaghan, Westmeath, Cavan, Louth, Offaly and Fingal (part of Dublin) border Meath.
Six thousand years of heritage touch everything Meath has to offer and many say it is a very special place. The best way to explore the low lying scenery, which ranges from the rich pastures in the Blackwater River Valleys and Boyne to Drumline hill, peatlands, raised bog and beautiful coastline is from the comfort of a self catering Irish cottage.
Holiday cottages in Ireland cost less than staying in a hotel or guesthouse and leave you freer to arrange your schedule, just as you want. You can choose a County Meath cottage near one of the eighteen rivers in County Meath or a seaside cottage along more than ten kilometres of coastline. There are also numerous abbeys and priory's to visit.
A cottage in one of County Meath's unique towns or villages has something for everyone, whether you passion is the great outdoors, shopping, heritage or a lively nightlife and wherever you choose to stay you are guaranteed exceptional high quality accommodation.
Navan is a lively market town that offers a wealth of activities and attractions and its Shamrock festival takes in St Patrick's Day and runs over six days. Architectural, cultural and historical places of interest include the Hill of Tara is a National Monument open all the year round, Ardbraccan Church on the site of an early monastery, Skryne Monastry, Donaghmore Round Tower and Church, Althlumney Castle, Ardmulchan, a medieval church ruins and Bective Abbey.
Trim is a heritage town situated on the River Boyne and dominated by Trim Castle, which was built in 1173. Here you will also find St Patrick's Cathedral the remains of St Mary's Abbey and the Newtown Monuments, a cathedral and two monasteries and a small church dating from 1206, as well as Echo Gate and the Yellow Steeple.
North Meath (Oldcastle, Nobber, Moynalty) is one of a small number of undiscovered parts of Ireland. It has many pre-historic monuments awaiting archaeological investigation. The Loughcrew Hills reveal megalithic chambers and passage graves and Carnbane East offers incomparable panoramic views. Sliabh na Callaighe, the witches hill and Carbane West are also impressive.
South Meath takes in Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Enfield Conard, Dunshaughlin and Ratoath and this area has a heritage trail, the Fairyhouse racetrack, Dunboyne Castle, a scenic towpath along the banks of the Royal Canal and excellent coarse fishing. The Meath coast includes Bettystowen, Mornington, Layton with sandy beaches, the two watchtowers Maiden Tower and Lady Finger, an Iron Age settlement burial mound, horse racing and seaside cottages.
County Meath's climate is subjective to the Atlantic Oceans south-westerly winds and the warm waters of the gulf stream, which means it rarely freezes or get hotter than twenty degrees Celsius, although it often rains.
Dublin Airport serves County Meath, as do the ferry ports at Dublin, Belfast and Dun Laoghaire and there are regular train services from Belfast and Dublin. Bus Eireann runs buses from Dublin every quarter of an hour at peak times.