Ireland’s Ancient East Tour
DEPARTURE TIME : 8:00am ( Arrive 10 mins before )
DEPARTURE LOCATION : Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street : MAP HERE
Adult – €40
Student (13-16) / Senior – €35
Children (5-12) – €20
Infant – Free
THE HILL OF TARA – Boyne Valley – TRIM CASTLE – MONASTERBOICE – LOUGHCREW PASSAGE TOMB.
( NOTE : Please note that good footwear and warm clothing is recommended on this tour )
Join us as we journey through Ireland’s Ancient East to explore the historic Boyne Valley. Our day tour takes you into one of Ireland’s most ancient regions. Your guide introduces you to the most significant sites in Celtic history and takes you right into the heart of County Meath, the ‘Royal County’. Here, the High Kings of Ireland ruled the country and people over the centuries. There are many historical sites such as Neolithic tombs, castles Abbeys, and other ruins to explore. Surrounded by the lush green landscape Ireland is best known for, it is an adventure not to be missed.
Our guides will lead you through an exciting and informative day with tales of history, mythology, and royalty. You will be both informed and entertained; our guides are professional, knowledgeable and have a lovely sense of humor.
Discover the History of Drogheda on a walking tour with My Street. The My Street guides had, in the past, fallen on hard times and are now trained as guides and give an excellent and informative walking tour of their streets.
Effortlessly travel from the Stone Age to modern times, as we explore the Boyne valley! We depart at 8:00am with a full and exciting schedule before returning to Dublin by approximately 6:00pm.
This is a tour that takes you into the depths of Celtic history and allows you to explore sites of historical significance and stunning landscapes.
Combine this tour with another tour such as the Cliffs of Moher tour and get a €5 euro discount. select a third tour and get a further €7 discount
ITINERARY - Ireland's Ancient East
8:00AM: DEPART DUBLIN
We meet at the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (map is linked on our booking page). You will board our comfortable coach, meet your guide and fellow travellers and then sit back and relax as we head out of Dublin and head west to our first visit at Loughcrew.
The unique tomb is ours to explore and once inside, you have the opportunity to view intricate artwork that has survived for thousands of years. There is a number of Cairns on the site ready for exploration. It is a truly impressive site and a unique experience.
11:00AM: TRIM CASTLE
It wouldn’t be a drive through the Irish countryside without seeing lush and picturesque landscapes. The scenery is breathtaking as we head to the town of Trim, home to an impressive and well-preserved Anglo-Norman castle. Trim Castle is the largest castle of its type in Ireland. With a castle so well preserved and with such stunning grounds, Hollywood would be hard-pressed to find something better! You will have time to explore the sprawling castle and grounds. This is a fantastic photo opportunity. Your guide will give you information in relation to the history of this fascinating castle and the surrounding area.
12:20PM: HILL OF TARA
The most sacred site of Ancient Ireland is the Hill of Tara, and this is where we head next. An important and historic site in the Boyne Valley region, it was the center of the country in a sense as the High Kings ruled Ireland from this very site. From the hill, there is a lovely view of the surrounding area. It is said that a quarter of Ireland’s countryside is visible from this hill.
Our next destination is the notable monastery of Monasterboice. We will see the Celtic High Cross of Muiredach at Monasterboice, which is the finest High Cross in the country. Explore the monastery, take in the history and see well preserved examples of Irish religious artifacts. Part of the monastery that stands out from afar is the round tower, the second highest round tower in all of Ireland. The monks and locals built these towers as a refuge from attacking Vikings.
3:30PM: DROGHEDA TOWN
The charming town of Drogheda is our final stop before we return to Dublin. A local guide will walk you through the town as you learn the fascinating history. This is one of the oldest towns of Ireland. We will visit St Peter’s Church where there is a shrine to St Oliver Plunkett. A shrine like no other!
6:00PM: ARRIVE BACK IN DUBLIN
PHOTO GALLERY - Ireland's Ancient East
TESTIMONIALS - Ireland's Ancient East Tour
“Celtic Tour with Mac”
Just took the Celtic tour to the Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, Loughcrew, Monasterboice, and Drogheda. Fabulous! Our driver/guide, Mac, was witty and extremely knowledgeable about the history of Ireland and, specifically, of the ancient history surrounding the neolithic and megalithic structures visited on this tour. This was the second tour I have taken with this company, and I highly recommend both Mac and Irish Day Tours!
“Celtic Boyne Valley Tour to the Valley of the Kings!”
Excellent tour as led by Jennifer and her driver Patrick. Visited Trim Castle, where Braveheart was filmed, the Hill of Tara, Loughcrew, Monasterboice, Drogheda, and even some other sites along the road. Great archaelogically-trained leader in Jennifer made it all that better. Loved every minute and really made my trip to Ireland expand beyond Dublin and into the gorgeous countryside, and prehistoric and medieval history. Highly recommend this tour.
Boyne Valley tour is AWESOME
This trip was amazing. It was a full day, but a lot of fun. Right before lunch there's a 900 ft. hill climb to a 5000 year old tomb! Totally worth the hike and make sure to wear sturdy and comfortable shoes. You're never on the bus for too long, the seats are comfortable and the guide is knowledgeable. We saw castles, graveyards and churches and this is the side of Ireland I wanted to see. It's not as touristy as other tours can be, and is great for history junkies like me. Take the tour, you won't be disappointed!
“Great celtic tour”
We did the celtic Boyne Valley tour and it was really nice. This company is the only one doing this tour and it is very authentic. We were a very small group of people (7). Our guide, Caroline, was great. She knows a lot about Irish History and is explaining it with a lot of passion. She also played Irish songs (modern and traditional) during the drive. The places we visited were nice, except the city of Drogheda, that is not worth spending 1 hour in my opinion.
I would definitely travel with this company again, and want to thank Caroline for her interesting guidance and enthusiasm.
Trip Advisor January 2017
“Celtic Boyne valley”
We enjoyed our day-tour with our driver Alex. His live commentarries were pretty intresting and informative and the tour itself was very well-organised. Would recommend this tour to other tourists!
Trip Advisor January 2017