Celtic Knots of Intrigue

The mystery of the Celtic people continues to entice people to visit the ancient sites and ponder the meaning of what’s been left behind. You can explore well-known passage graves and monastic settlements of Ireland and Scotland to catch a glimpse into the sacred and storied Celts, but you can also find their mark on a number of other places throughout Europe that are just as fascinating.

 

 

Glendalough is a monastery in Ireland that dates back to the 6th century.
Glendalough is a monastery in Ireland that dates back to the 6th century.

 

Follow the European Celtic Route through Germany and explore what life was like in Celtic Europe 2,500 years ago. See Celtic monuments, hike and bike along scenic trails and snap photos of sculpture depicting Celtic gods and more. Then, visit the Archaeological Park Belginum at Wederath to discover a Celtic-Roman settlement filled with artifacts and treasures from ancient times.

Discover the Celts’ rich and enigmatic legacy in Spain. Distinct ruins in the country’s northwest invite travelers to search for clues about Celtic life in Galicia with its bright green countryside covered in mist, eerily similar to the Scottish highlands. And that’s just the beginning of the many intriguing parallels you’ll find in the area.

 

These embankments once served as protection for residents of the Maiden Castle.
These embankments once served as protection for residents of the Maiden Castle.

 

Because Ireland and northern Scotland were never Roman colonies, they remained almost entirely Celtic and today inspire travelers to discover a wealth of heritage through their sites, stories and songs. A visit to the Celtic and Prehistoric Museum in Dingle, County Kerry, will offer a glimpse into ancient Celtic culture with displays of tools, weapons and other artifacts. Or hike to Maiden Castle in Dorset, England, to see an authentic Celtic hill fort dating back to the Iron Age.

The intriguing legacy of the Celtic people lives on throughout Europe. Untangle the intricate secrets of this ancient European civilization on your next visit.

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