East Coast and Lakeland’s Region is a region of great contrasts, the long flat East Coast, the plains of Kildare and Meath, famed for horse breeding, and the mighty River Shannon. The immense beauty of the Wicklow Mountains, to the Slieve Bloom Mountains and the Cooley Mountains to the southwest and the northwest, the region has many surprises. It is historic in myth and legend, holding many relics of bygone days, from the High Kings of Ireland to the saints and scholars who transformed the shores. There are a wide variety of good quality accommodations at various price ranges, along with excellent dining. All eight counties are within a two-hour drive from Dublin.

 

Cruising holidays on the River Shannon, with its many lakes, the Grand Canal and Barrow Rivers, are available for an overnight stay or day cruise.

 

In this region there are many heritage towns and villages whose origins date back centuries to the Celtic monasteries, or Viking and Norman invasions. Some were market towns or seaside locations where people liked to bathe. Their architectural styles, the presentation of their history, the various tours within the towns, and their individuality have designated this honor. These heritage towns are noted after the counties.