The Ancient East
After we left Dublin and picked up our car, we headed to the town of Trim. Even though our GPS was weird, it brought us to a main road junction and there was our B&B right in front of us! As it turned out, our B&B host was a wealth of information about the Castle which was only about a ten minute walk across the street and into a field which was the parkland of Trim Castle, known as the Prochy fields. There are several ruins in this parkland including the “Sheep’s Gate” and the “Yellow Steeple” (so named because it looks very yellow in the sunset I was told by a gentleman I met walking). It was overcast and threatening rain but we walked through the field down to the town center to a great restaurant for diner (recommended by our B&B host). We were very hungry so we didn’t stop to admire the ruins and when we left the restaurant there was a light rain so we walked straight home.
The next day we were picked up by our first tour guide Martin, from Beautiful Meath Tours, and off we headed for the “Ancient East” (Newgrange & Knowth). From there we headed to the Hill of Slane. It was beautiful, a good walk with a fascinating history (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slane)! After that we had lunch and had planned to head to Tara, but the traffic in that direction was tied up for miles (four traffic accidents as it turned out) so Martin took us to a place called Monasterboice (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monasterboice) where we saw beautiful ruins and two of the best High Celtic Crosses in all of Ireland! We never got to Tara.
The following day we were leaving to go back to Dublin to pick up our other sister at the airport, so I got up early and walked the route back to Trim Castle. It was a beautiful day, clear and bright! I took photos of several of the ruins and the Castle Keep, (it wasn’t open yet as it was too early) as well as the “Curtain”, (the wall that surrounds the Keep and the land around it). There were several other ruins which I never got to as I was hurrying to get back, have my breakfast and head out to the airport!
I have uploaded the next Collection entitled "The Ancient East". Hope you enjoy!