The Hill of Uisneach – Westmeath, Ireland - Atlas Obscura

The Hill of Uisneach

Westmeath, Ireland

The symbolic center of Ireland, this summit also offers panoramic views of the countryside. 

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An ancient ceremonial site, the Hill of Uisneach is considered by some to be Ireland’s most sacred site, as it is regarded as the symbolic center of the Emerald Isle.

Primarily associated with druids and the Celtic Festival of Bealtaine, the Hill of Uisneach is located at the center of the ancient highway of Slighe Assail and is technically a part of four neighboring towns, Ushnagh Hill, Mweelra, Rathnew, and Kellybrook.

A protected national monument, this location is home to numerous prehistoric and medieval ruins. It’s believed the hill has been the site of some type of human activity for the past 5,000 years. Visitors to this national treasure will also find a live-in bard, who regularly guides walking tours to the various megalithic tombs and faerie forts, explaining the significance of the mythology that informs the landscape.  

Know Before You Go

This site is only accessible by booking a tour or purchasing a ticket to an event being held at the location. 

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