When exploring Ireland have a peek at Clonmacnoise monastery. Although it is really not on the way, it's surely worth both the time and the gas. Situated on the ancient crossroads of the River Shannon and the Esker Way, the complex has survived numerous raids and invasions. Today remains present the most significant monastic foundation of the Celtic Church on Irish soil. Dating back to the mid-6th century, the notable ruins include a cathedral and several churches along with a castle, towers and some priceless examples of sculpted stonework. Enjoy the tranquility and inspiring surroundings!