County Meath Journals

County Meath (mostly Trim), Ireland

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An August 2000 trip to County Meath by lisamcgu

Trim Castle Photo, County Meath, Ireland More Photos
Quote: Where is Co. Meath? Its just above Co. Dublin and just below Co. Louth, which borders No. Ireland. Here you will find a country oasis just outside of the bustling area around Dublin, stopping perhaps to visit Trim castle, where they filmed parts of Braveheart with Mel Gibson.

County Meath (mostly Trim), Ireland

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Another Old Tower Ruin Photo, County Meath, Ireland
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Definitely loved Trim castle - its huge and the tour is wonderful, or it will be, the place just opened two weeks before I got there and they were still patching the place up. B&B accommodations in the area are lovely and maintained the 20-25 punt price, per night (which included my single supplement), that I was used to paying all across Ireland. I found comparable accommodations in County Dublin, the next county over, to cost much more. They were, obviously, taking advantage of being closer to the airport and sights of the big city of Dublin. Quick Tips: While not as busy as Dublin, this is still right next to it and gets a lot of overflow. Thus, I would qualify it as another ...Read More

Crannmor House

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Hotel

Crannmor House Photo, County Meath, Ireland
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As you will see in the picture, this is an authentic Gerogian manor house with a little B&B wing added on. Inside, all the guest rooms were extremely clean, fresh and new - the paint, bathroom fixtures, plumbing, bed linens, towels, everything! Anne O''Regan is your hostess. She is wonderful and helpful. Breakfast in the morning is in the small but formal dining room where her breakfasts are cooked to order and the tea is especially wonderful. She told me her secret but I''ve forgotten it now. Drat! The night I was there, I could hear the phone ringing in the hallway, all evening, with people looking for a last minute room. The next morning, Anne told us she filled up with th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2001

Crannmor House
Dunderry Road
County Meath, Ireland
(046) 31-635

Trim Castle

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Attraction | "Town of Trim"

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The town of Trim is one of those old, classic Irish-look towns. Streets aren't as narrow as some, but all the old storefronts are there.I changed money here at the bank, used the small convenience stores to get some items, including my must-have, Hello magazine. Then, after walking around a bit to take care of such vacation "business," I was ready to leave as soon as possible, not staying to partake in a nice tea or anything. I had decided it just wasn't that type of town.Before, for going to the castle, I had parked just across from it, in front of a church. The main entrance was way down the block and on the corner so, where I was originally parked, it was not a...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 10, 2001

Trim Castle
Trim, County Meath, Ireland
County Meath, Ireland

Trim Castle

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Attraction

Trim Castle Photo, County Meath, Ireland
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It’s huge! This place hails itself as the largest Anglo Norman Castle in Europe and yes, I can see that being accurate. The wide expanse of grass surrounding the castle walls, and included within, stretch over acres - the perfect place to host a film production. And, yes, this is the castle that served as a backdrop for the movie Braveheart. You are free to peruse the grounds and outer buildings on your own and there are signs indicating each buildings use or the significance of a certain structure. The tour itself takes you through the main part of the castle. Up and around and across you go, through different levels. The central area has a vaulted ceiling so you can look straigh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2001

Trim Castle
Trim, County Meath, Ireland
County Meath, Ireland

Butterstream Gardens

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Attraction

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These incredible gardens were mentioned many times to me while I was in Trim. I didn't make it! With the praise I was hearing about the place while I was in Trim, and now with what I've read, I wish I had tried harder to get there and would encourage others to go. The place has come together since the 1970s. It was created by a man who owned a sizable piece of farmland, Jim Reynolds, just using a corner of it for a small personal garden. It grew and became something huge and diverse. Now, it is open to the public, with eating facilities, restrooms and, thoughtfully, handicap access. Broken into sections, different areas include the Summerhouse, the Temple and Pool and Iso...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2001

Butterstream Gardens
Kildalkey Road, Trim, County Meath, Ireland
County Meath, Ireland

Tinkers in Trim

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Story/Tip

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... When I was coming out of a little store in Trim, lying in wait was a teenage girl who approached me trying to bum money. She was perfectly healthy and fit and I told her politely, "no." She then began to whine a little and try to work me harder. What nerve, I couldn't believe it! I had to say, in my most authoritative, loud voice, "I said No!" I was really miffed I had to put up with this, being forced to be a see-you-Next-Tuesday on vacation. I had to go to another store to get a phone card for my cell phone (see my journal, General Tips for Ireland, Buying a Cell Phone entry). As I was coming out, I saw one of the girl's cohorts trying to get money from a motorcyclist who w...Read More

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lisamcgu

lisamcgu
Orange County, California

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