Located Northwest of Kilcormac, on the River Shannon, Clonmacnoise is an ancient monastery founded in the sixth century by St. Ciarán.

The strategic location of the monastery at a crossroads between the major east-west land route helped it become a major centre of religion, learning, craftsmanship and trade by the 9th century. Clonmacnoise is now home to three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers, and has provided much of Ireland’s Celtic art and illuminated manuscripts. In addition to its rich historical significance, Clonmacnoise is surrounded by a microcosm of landscapes within the Midlands, such as Shannon callows, eskers and both preserved and cutaway boglands.

This, one of Ireland’s most amazing heritage sites, should be top of the list for those looking for idyllic scenes and a step back hundreds of years. For more information and to book tickets to visit, click here.