Over 5,000 years of history is waiting to be explored in Ireland’s Ancient East.
Romantically referred to as the Emerald Isle, this country entices all of the wanderlusting senses; it is a spirited land with rolling valleys and lush green countrysides.
Easily accessible by rental car, coach bus and train from the big city of Dublin, the area encompasses 17 counties and is divided into 3 regions: Land of 5,000 Dawns, The Historic Heartlands, and The Celtic Coast.
In the pursuit of exploration and adventure in these regions, a trip is not complete without nourishing the body as well as the soul; fortunately, Ireland’s Ancient East offers gastronomic delights in spades. And no, it’s not just potatoes and stew. The country has seen a resurgence of talent in the last decade; whip smart and keen chefs who have staged the world over are returning to their homeland to initiate their own culinary endeavors and share flavors they’re excited by. These individuals are collaborating with local suppliers and farmers to introduce bold tastes or elevated twists on beloved dishes.
Tiffany Leigh is a Toronto-based food, travel and science writer.