Celtic Boyne Valley Tour - Ireland's Ancient East

Celtic Boyne Valley Tour – Ireland’s Ancient East

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Overview

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, and other historical highlights 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 humour.

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.

Itinerary

08:00 am: 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 west out of Dublin to our first visit.

08:30 am: 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 centre 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.

10:00 am: 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.

11:50 am: LOUGHCREW PASSAGE TOMB

Visit Loughcrew which is a cluster of Megalithic Cairns, dating back to 3000 BC. The hills and Tombs are collectively known as Slieve na Galliagh and are the highest point in Co. Meath, affording spectacular views. Sit in the Hags chair and hear fantastic historical and mythical legends surrounding this area. It is a truly impressive site and a unique experience.

3:00 pm: FORE ABBEY

Visitors can view the site where St. Fechin founded a Christian monastery in the 7th Century. It’s believed that before his death, 300 monks lived in the community. Later, the monastery was set on fire 12 times. Among the remains on site, visitors can see St. Fechin’s church, built about 900 AD.

4:00 pm: HILL OF UISNEACH

The ‘Hill of Uisneach’ is the spiritual centre of Ireland and arguably one of our most important ancient sites. The point at which the five provinces of Ireland met, and where their Kings would celebrate the ‘festival of the fires’.

6:00 pm: ARRIVE BACK IN DUBLIN
 
Arrive back in Dublin, and tell all your friends about your adventure around the historic Boyne Valley!

All times are approximate and subject to change based on traffic conditions

Pickup

8.00am at the Molly Malone Statue, Suffolk Street View on map

(Please arrive 10 minutes before departure time)

Drop off

6.00 pm on Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, or the Riddler Restaurant if you have booked dinner.

All times are approximate and subject to change based on traffic conditions

Things to bring

  • Camera

  • Sunglasses

  • Raincoat – just in case it rains!

  • Packed lunch or money for lunch & snacks

  • Headphones to listen to the commentary on the multilingual app

  • Charging cable and power bank to keep your devices charged (some buses do have charging ports but not all)

  • Spending money / credit card to pick up souvenirs & tip your driver!

  • Appropriate shoes for walking on rough terrain

Inclusions / exclusions

Inclusions:

  • Professional driver/guide

  • Modern comfortable coach transportation

  • Wi-Fi (onboard vehicles, where fitted)

  • Multi-lingual app (Eng, Fr, Es, De, It)

  • Entry to Trim Castle

  • Guided tour of Hill of Tara & Loughcrew Passage Tomb

Exclusions:

  • Lunch

  • Snacks

  • Tips

Cancellation policy

You are entitled to a full refund only if you give us a minimum of 24 hours’ notice of your intention to cancel.

If you cancel your day tour within 24 hours you can choose to change your tour to another date (subject to availability).

If you are late for the bus in the morning or are a no show, you are not entitled to a refund and will be charged in full for the tour.

This policy applies to all of the Ei Travel Group webshops which include but are not limited to; www.cliffsofmohertours.ie, www.giantscausewaytours.ie, www.irishdaytours.ie and www.daytours.ie.

A minimum number of 6 passengers is required to operate a tour. We give until 3pm the day prior to the tour to reach this number and will then contact customers with details of cancellation.

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