Unlike Ireland’s other major drive, the Wild Atlantic Way, isn’t a single route. No, instead it refers to an entire region, areas of Ireland that form not only the basis of Irish history and culture, but key aspects of Western civilization as well. Geographically speaking, Ireland’s Ancient East covers the area outside of Dublin and east of the River Shannon, extending from Carlingford to Cavan and south to Cork City, including East County Cork and East County Limerick. But it’s this somewhat amorphous nature of the region that makes it so much fun to explore, which I had the great opportunity to do last year. Without a predetermined drive, it’s up to the wanderer to follow their interests and to see where the path leads. It’s a fun and exciting way to travel because it amplifies our own innate sense of wonder and adventure. There were many highlights from my week spent in Ireland’s Ancient East, including these key moments.
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