Your Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East and Northern Ireland

Your Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East and Northern Ireland

Your Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East and Northern Ireland

Discover the heart of Ireland’s history and the allure of Northern Ireland’s landscapes from the comfort of Hillside Bed & Breakfast in Monaghan. Ideal for those seeking to delve into Ireland’s past and present, our B&B serves as the perfect starting point for explorations that are both deep-rooted in history and rich in natural beauty. Here’s how you can maximize your stay with us, venturing into the Ancient East and stepping across the threshold into Northern Ireland, all within comfortable reach.

Explore the Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East

While the broader Ancient East extends across the eastern part of the country, there are hidden gems closer to Monaghan that capture the essence of Ireland’s storied past.

Day 1: Armagh – The Ecclesiastical Capital of Ireland

Just a stone’s throw from Monaghan, Armagh is renowned for its rich history dating back to Saint Patrick. With two magnificent cathedrals both named after the patron saint, the city is a beacon of Ireland’s Christian heritage. Visit the Armagh Robinson Library, which houses a wealth of historical texts and artifacts, and explore the Armagh Planetarium for a cosmic twist to your historical journey.

Day 2: Navan and the Hill of Tara

Embark on a journey to the Hill of Tara, located near Navan, within a more manageable distance from Monaghan. Once the ancient seat of power in Ireland, the Hill of Tara is a sprawling archaeological complex believed to be the ceremonial and mythical capital of the pre-Christian Gaelic kings. The site’s profound historical significance and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape make it a must-visit.

Venture into Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s diverse landscapes and cultural sites are easily accessible from Hillside B&B, offering a seamless blend of natural and urban adventures.

Day 3: Belfast – Titanic and Beyond

Dive into the vibrant city life of Belfast, less than a two-hour drive from Monaghan. The Titanic Belfast, situated in the heart of the city, offers interactive exhibits about the world-famous ship’s construction, voyage, and legacy. Explore the historic docks, enjoy the local culinary scene, and take in the street art that narrates the city’s complex history.

Day 4: The Mourne Mountains and Castle Ward

An adventure in Northern Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the stunning Mourne Mountains, which inspired C.S. Lewis’ Narnia. Follow the trails that crisscross this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering breathtaking views and serene landscapes. Nearby, Castle Ward, an 18th-century mansion and the filming location for Winterfell in “Game of Thrones,” beckons fans of the series and history enthusiasts alike.

Why Hillside B&B is Your Ideal Base

Positioned in Monaghan, Hillside B&B not only promises a cozy stay with genuine Irish hospitality but also offers strategic access to these remarkable sites. Whether you’re drawn to the ancient mysteries of Ireland or the dramatic vistas of Northern Ireland, each day brings new discoveries, all within reach of your comfortable retreat.

At Hillside B&B, we pride ourselves on offering not just a place to stay but a home from which to explore the rich tapestry of this island’s history and beauty. We’re here to make your Irish adventure as fulfilling and memorable as possible.

From the ancient allure of Armagh and the mythical majesty of the Hill of Tara to the urban charm of Belfast and the natural splendor of the Mourne Mountains, Hillside B&B in Monaghan is your gateway to an unforgettable Irish experience. Embark on a journey through time and landscape, with our B&B as your comfortable and welcoming base.

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