Private tours are available

Tel: +353 (0) 87 718 9550

Eircode: N91 R6C9

UPDATE: 6th October 2020

 

If you are local to County Westmeath and looking for somewhere safe to distract yourself from the constant news about Covid, look us up and join us on a journey back into the past. . .

As another lockdown is put in place where we can only travel within our own county, we would like to advise that we remain open for our local friends to visit us safely.

 

Join us and walk in the footsteps of Kings, Queens and Gods. Learn of the political, cultural, mythological and archaeological stories and features that the Hill of Uisneach is steeped in. It’s a gentle 3km walk (2 – 2 1/2 hour walk) in the fresh air.

Afterwards, you’ll be invited for a friendly cuppa and a chat with your guide.

The Sacred Centre of Ireland is spread over 250 acres, our guided tours are delivered completely outdoors meandering in and out of lush working farmland.

 

Please be aware: our tour numbers are limited, keeping our guests and staff alike, safe.

The Hill of Uisneach is on private land, all visits must be made through booking a tour of your choice – see our Guided Tours Page

Face-masks must be worn for the duration of the tours for the safety of our visitors and our guides, thank you for understanding.

 

Unauthorised access to the Hill is not permitted for insurance and safety reasons

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF AN UISNEACH TOUR

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The Royal Palace

This conjoined (figure of eight) ring fort was the subject of a major archaeological excavation by R.A.S. McAllister in the 1920’s. It revealed the remains of several houses, two souterrains and various other features associated with domestic occupation spanning several centuries.

 

Lough Lugh

Named after the Sun God Lugh and deemed to be the place where he met his mortal end at the hands of Mac Cuill, Mac Cécht and Mac Gréine. The nearby bronze-age prominent mound, Carn Lugdach, is said to have been raised in his honour.

 

St.Patricks Bed (The Summit)

From this probable megalithic tomb the view encompasses almost all of Ireland with up to twenty counties being visible on a clear day. St Patrick is said to have established a presence here during the fifth century.

 

The Catstone

The most famous feature on Uisneach is undoubtedly Ail na Mireann (the stone of divisions), known as The Catstone. It is also known as Umbilicus Hinerniae, Axis Mundi and the navel of Ireland. This huge glacial erratic symbolises Ireland, united in its divisions and it marks the centre of Ireland where the provinces came together. It is underneath this stone that Éiru, after whom the country is named, was laid to rest.

 

 

    

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