The paddling techniques you will learn are the very same used to train the Iron Islanders in Game of Thrones!
Come for a walk on the Hill of Tara - once the ancient seat of power in Ireland – 142 kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and historic times. Although no buildings survive there are a number of large earthworks still remaining on the hill, some are inside an even larger Iron Age Hill Fort, known as Ráith na Riogh (The Fort of the Kings) or the Royal Enclosure. Here is where Patrick came to confront the ancient religion of the pagans at its most powerful site.
This is the stuff movies are made of. It’s no wonder that the makers of the movie ‘Braveheart’ chose Trim in County Meath as the shooting location for their epic thriller. Trim Castle is the largest, best-preserved & most impressive Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It was constructed over a thirty year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter as the home of the Lordship of Meath in 1172. Over the centuries Trim Castle was adapted to suit the domestic needs of its owners and the changing political climate. However, much of its fabric has remained unchanged since the height of Anglo-Norman power in Ireland. Even today when standing within the walls of the castle visitors can get the sense of security that would have been felt by the de Lacy family in a hostile landscape. Although, standing outside the walls you can sense the intimidation that must surely have been felt by the native population.
I particularly enjoyed the "off the beaten track" sights - including Loughcrew. Such a unique experience. Loved meeting all the locals too.
(Pauline Spencer - Victoria, Australia)