From rural heartland to coastal idyll, the East Coast’s varied landscapes will surely take your breath away
If you have a well developed sense of adventure, then the East Coast is the place to visit. Dive headlong into a wealth of adrenalin-boosting activities from fast-paced watersports to rock climbing all complemented by the panoramic backdrops of some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Of course, there’s also a great selection of calmer activities to choose from, including strolling around a multitude of way-marked ways that take you through vistas of brilliant countryside and along tranquil waterways.
The life and soul of the land
What really impresses about this region is its variety. The beaches of the sunny Southeast are amongst some of the most beautiful in the country with great stretches of golden sand enticing swimmers, sunbathers and watersports enthusiasts to their shorelines. In sharp contrast, the Wicklow National Park is ablaze with color right throughout the year from the lush greens of the spring to the rich golden hues of autumn, and boasts undulating heather-coated hills, meandering streams and glistening waterfalls.
Tales of times past
Everywhere you visit along the East Coast, you’ll find history lies just beneath the surface. This magical mix of history and pure, unspoiled beauty will capture the imagination. The Boyne Valley, for instance, is not only a place of natural beauty, here you’ll also stumble across historically important sites such as Kells and Loughcrew Historic Gardens, as well as castles and Celtic crosses. The River Liffey Valley is now popular for cruisers anglers, boater, golfers, canoeists and riverside walkers, but the Valley itself wears evidence of very early settlers and is rich with Celtic churches, holy wells, abbeys and castles. The Slaney Valley is a fabulous wonderland for anyone interested in wildlife; while in the River Barrow Valley archeologists have found evidence of prehistoric settlements. The Nore Valley employed a multitude of water-powered industries in the years before the Great Famine in the 19th century, while the Suir Valley boasts striking Viking sites. The beautiful Blackwater Valley, meanwhile, is well known for its lush land and excellent food and is the perfect place to relax amidst awesome natural scenery.