County Meath is a county in the Boyne Valley on the eastern side of Ireland. It is north of Dublin, in the Leinster province and Mideast region. It is bordered by Louth, Cavan, Dublin, Westmeath, Kildare, and Offaly. The county seat is Navan, while Trim remains the historical centre. The economy is mostly agricultural; in fact, interested parties can stay on a working farm hostel during their travels.
Meath is accessible by train or bus from all major cities in Ireland. As with the rest of Ireland, outside Dublin, you will want your own transportation to explore the region’s nooks and crannies.
Accommodation in County Meath is scattered; there are some hostels near Newgrange for travellers looking to visit the historic side of Meath. Visitors who would prefer to stay in a city are recommended to look for hostels or budget accommodation near Navan. As in much of Ireland, bed and breakfasts tend to be the budget accommodation of choice; there are few European-style hostels. For an authentic experience, consider a b&b, guesthouse, or even a castle.
Once you have settled into the hostel of your choice, be sure to go out and explore the region. As part of the Ancient East, Meath is home to some of the most important prehistoric archaeology in Ireland. The most well-known is Newgrange, a chamber cairn that aligns with the sun on the winter solstice. Nearby attractions are Knowth and Dowth, at Bru na Boinne, which are other important Neolithic sites. Historically-minded travellers can also visit more sites at the Hill of Tara, or explore the later history at Trim Castle, Bective Abbey, or the Donaghmore Round Tower. For a more unique attraction, visit Ireland’s only inland lighthouse, the Spire of Lloyd.
Another historic site, Slane Castle, is private, but it does play host to public rock festivals with fantastic bands like the Rolling Stones, Queen, David Bowie, and Bob Dylan. For tourists interested in more outdoor pursuits, consider walking one of the river trails along the Boyne River. Visitors who prefer a more sedate outdoor activity can pursue golf at one of the local clubs or the renowned Jack Nicklaus course, Killeen. Meath is full of historical and cultural attractions; whatever you choose to do, you will enjoy it.
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