Celtic Boyne Valley Tour from Dublin

Celtic Boyne Valley Tour From Dublin – Ireland’s Ancient East

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Overview

Are you up for an unforgettable journey through history and nature? Join our Boyne Valley Tour from Dublin and uncover ancient sites, medieval castles, breathtaking vistas, and idyllic landscapes!

The Boyne Valley Tour offers an all-day journey through Ireland's ancient east. Enjoy rolling hills and lush green fields while visiting some of its most significant historical sites.

Start our tour off right by exploring the Hill of Tara, home to Ireland's High Kings since 442 BCE, and explore ancient monuments while uncovering its rich mythology and history. The next stop will be Trim Castle; one of Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman castles featuring impressive towering walls and breathtaking architecture that await you there.

After lunch, we will travel to Loughcrew Passage Tomb - an ancient burial ground dating back to Neolithic Ireland filled with artifacts and spiritual practices of its early residents, breathtaking countryside scenery, as well as impressive monuments which will complete our tour and bring it full circle.

At Fore Abbey - an ancient medieval monastery rich with myth and legend from Ireland's religious center days that has come to represent an integral part of local history - our tour will come full circle as you learn all about its past as an Irish religious center and why such an important location remains.

As our expert guides share fascinating stories and insights from each site we visit, you will gain a greater insight into Irish history, culture, and tradition.

Irish Day Tours takes pride in offering only high-quality travel experiences, and our Boyne Valley Tour from Dublin provides the ideal way to discover Ireland's rich cultural and natural splendor.

Itinerary

08:00 am: DEPART DUBLIN

We meet at the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (the map is linked on our booking page). You will board our comfortable coach, meet your guide and fellow travelers, and then sit back and relax as we head west out of Dublin to our first stop.

08:30 am: HILL OF TARA

 The most sacred site of Ancient Ireland is the Hill of Tara, and this is where will be our first stop. 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.  

6:15 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

6.15 pm in the same place where you took the bus in the morning.

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

Things to bring

  • Camera

  • Sunglasses

  • Raincoat – just in case it rains!

  • 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)

  • Entry to Trim Castle

  • Guided tour of Hill of Tara & Loughcrew Passage Tomb

Exclusions:

  • Lunch

  • Snacks

  • Tips

Cancellation policy

In the event of a cancellation, a transferable voucher or credit note will be issued to be redeemed at a later date. 

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

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