Pat was extremely knowledgeable about Irish history and funny. He loves his country and job he "gets to do" every day. It really shows in this tour. It was a treat.
Ireland’s Ancient East Tour
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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
Add a meal back in Dublin at The Riddler Restaurant serving modern Irish Food.
( Meal options available to add on our booking page – Your guide can drop you off at the restaurant in Christchurch just minutes from the city center by foot )
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 Boyne Valley”
This was the first time my husband and I had taken a coach tour so we didn't know what to expect. Our driver was Rob and right away he made some jokes and made everyone comfortable. This was a smaller tour, there were only 14 of us.
On the way to the tour our bus started to break down, Rob called the office and they told him to keep driving the bus anyway. Rob refused and told them to get another bus down here right away. It was great that he was so concerned for our safety instead of just doing what his boss told him to do. It didn't take long for a new bus to arrive and then we were on our way.
This tour is wonderful for anyone who likes history. We got to see Loughcrew which features ancient tombs, Monasterboice which features Celtic high crosses and church ruins, Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, and the church in Drogheda which features the severed head of Saint Oliver Plunkett.
We also stopped at Loughcrew and ate lunch at a wonderful cafe there. My husband and I both had Ham & Cheese melts and they were delicious.
The walk at Loughcrew is pretty tough if you aren't in good shape, it is uphill walking for about 20 minutes.
It rained the entire day we were on this tour. I expected rain in Ireland but it absolutely poured and I was soaked by the end of it but I still had the best time because of our driver, Rob. He was knowledgable and funny. I would highly recommend this tour!
“Ireland's Ancient East Day Trip from Dublin including Boyne Valley”
We went on three tours with Extreme Ireland/Irish Day Tours and loved them all. If you're interested in day tours in Ireland, this is absolutely the company you want showing you around.
Rarely, if ever, have I enjoyed a day so much, as mine and my wife's bus trip, that day. Our bus driver, Rob, was not only knowledgeable about the wonderful sites he took us to but his love of the Irish people, history and land oozed from every utterance he made. It was impossible for us to not catch a bit of the same from him. For anyone who loves the land as much as the monuments and ancient sites, this trip is a must. The views from the sites were breathtaking and comforting, both. We highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for a genuine Irish experience. Ask for Rob and it will be given by a true, genuine patriot of the Isle.
"A special guide!"
I usually prefer to organize tours during my travels but in Ireland transports and connections obliged me to a different choice. An excellent choice because the tour of Boyne Valley was simply perfect starting from the guide to the places chosen.
“Celtic History with Tour Guide Pat”