County Meath, known as the Royal County, covers an area of 905 square miles just north of Dublin. Home of the ancient seat of the High Kings of Tara and the renowned Boyne Valley, Meath has some of the most important archaeological sites yet unearthed, at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Predating the pyramids, these Neolithic passage graves have been expertly excavated and restored and are one of Ireland’s most popular and busiest attractions. Access the sites are via the Bru na Boine Visitors Centre.
Derived from the Irish, An Mhi, meaning in the middle, Meath is a count rich in heritage, history and remains of its celebrated past. The beautifully scribed early Christian Book of Kells originated from the town of Kells in County Meath and is now on display at Trinity University in Dublin.
Visitors to County Meath can also enjoy a six mile coastline of white sandy beaches, excellent golf at one of several to class golf clubs in the county and superb fishing on the River Boyne, coarse angling in the Royal Canal, Lough Sheehan and the Drumconrath lakes. Horse racing is popular in the county with no less than three racecourses including Fairyhouse, and summer strand racing on Laytown beach.