County Meath comprises Ireland's East Coast and Midlands region and includes plenty of prime driving country along the coast. In ages past, much of Ireland's power was consolidated here, leaving plenty of archaeological sites for today's traveller to explore.
Modern Meath has a greater stake in agriculture than Irish politics. Dublin is only a short drive away, so many tourists visit on a day trip and leave it at that. However, those seeking a bit of tranquillity outside the heart of Dublin will find it in Meath hotels such as the Pillo Hotel Ashbourne.
The main sightseeing attractions congregate in Trim, a sleepy medieval town dominated by a stoic 12th-century castle. This Norman castle is Ireland's largest, and it's the showpiece of a town Elizabeth I nearly selected to host Trinity College. Trim runs over with fine period architecture arrayed on medieval streets, and it makes an excellent hotel base.
With car hire in County Meath, it's easy to plan half-day excursions to smaller towns like Kells, known for its eponymous 9th-century manuscript; Brú na Bóinne, a Neolithic necropolis that predates Stonehenge by a full millennia; or the Hill of Tara, where a great deal of history is yet unearthed.
If staying in Meath, you'll most likely be based in Trim at Castle Arch Hotel, Knightsbrook Hotel or Trim Castle Hotel. From here, it's easy to walk to local pubs for the after hours scene. But staying near the coast along the M1 is also convenient, especially for a quick morning commute to Dublin Airport. City North Hotel Meath is best in this category. Ardboyne Hotel and Newgrange hotel are located in Navan with a approximately 35 minutes away from Dublin.