What a fantastic day tour! Lovely stops with fantastic views and Noel was a great guide. Loved the stop at the Hill of Uisneach - the guide there was also fantastic. Thanks again for a day filled with history and fun.
Celtic Boyne Valley Tour – Ireland’s Ancient East
Discount: €5 OFF your next tour
Changes to tour from March 1st
We will be adding an extra stop at Fore Abbey
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DEPART : 8:00am ( Arrive 10 mins before )
Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street : MAP HERE
Adult – €45
Student (13-16) / Senior – €40
Children (5-12) – €22.50
Infant – Free
Add a meal back in Dublin at The Riddler Restaurant .
( Meal options on our booking page – Your guide can drop you off )
HILL OF TARA – Boyne Valley – TRIM CASTLE – Hill of Uisneach – LOUGHCREW PASSAGE TOMB
( NOTE : Please note that good footwear and warm clothing is recommended on this tour )
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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 humor.
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.
ITINERARY - Ireland's Ancient East
08:00 - 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
08:30 - 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.
10:00 - 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 - 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.
15:00: 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.
16:00 - Hill Of Uisneach
The ‘Hill of Uisneacht’ is the spiritual center 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’.
18:00 - Arrive back in Dublin
PHOTO GALLERY - Ireland's Ancient East
TESTIMONIALS - Ireland's Ancient East Tour
Boyne Valley Tour - Really Excellent Storytellers!
My husband, 7-month old daughter, and I went on the Boyne Valley Tour. It was a very long tour, but the bus was comfortable. Our tour guide was Jennifer, and the bus driver was Martin. Jennifer and Martin were very friendly, welcoming, warm and just all around good people. They genuinely wanted us to enjoy our tour and connected with us. THey were also very accomodating with our baby.
The tour itself was interesting, and Jennifer was an excellent storyteller that brought the Celtic history and lore to life.
A few notes: the hike to the passage tomb is very steep. We made it just fine (I carried my daughter in a sling), but we do quite a bit of hiking. Others may struggle with this part of the tour. I suggest bringing a raincoat/umbrella/good shoes. We had great weather, but it did get a little windy and some light showers.
I recommend this tour for families with children, and people looking to see the country.
Boyne valley Trip
Celtic Boyne Tour/Ancient East tour
Took the Celtic Boyne Valley Tour on April 2. Our tour guide was Stephen, and the driver was Charlie. The tour was changed recently, and includes Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, Loughcrew, and the Hill of Uisneach. There were about 30 of us on the tour bus/coach.
Timing-wise, everything went well. We did the itinerary in the reverse order from their website, but that's OK. Unfortunately for us the weather was pretty dismal -- rainy and cold.Tara and Trim were nice to see. Uisneach a bit less so -- not that much there really.
The highlight for me was the cairn at Loughcrew. Be aware, that it is a good hike up a hill, but I am old and fat and I was able to do it. But, as their website recommends, you MUST wear good walking shoes -- I recommend hiking boots/shoes. It was bitterly cold when we were there, raining hard, and the wind was really strong...going up my glasses were so covered in water that I couldn't see anything. I was thankful that I had a good heavy winter coat, gloves, woolly hat, and a walking stick. A couple of people slipped, so be careful! I was pretty miserable on the hike up itself, but when I reached the top it was so worth it -- the top of that hill is quite a desolate location, and it was eerily beautiful with the different rock rings/formations, and cairns. We were able to crouch down and enter the tomb in groups of 9 or so (was pretty cramped in there) and see the very cool rock carvings. On the way down, an older gentleman slipped and fell quite hard -- he and his wife decided to quit the tour and get checked out at a local hospital -- again, wear proper footwear and take your time and you'll be OK.
Charlie was great -- very funny and friendly man and great at maneuvering the coach. Stephen was awesome -- made each visit entertaining and informative at the same time.
This was the highlight of my trip to Ireland. Thank you Charlie and Stephen!!
Terrific Day Trip to Ireland's Ancient East - Valley of the Boyne
On Monday, Feb. 26, we had a fantastic day visiting ancient sites around the River Boyne with our driver/guide Jim. The small-group format was superior. Jim was knowledgeable, courteous, funny, and a safe driver. This trip is a great value: I am amazed how much we got to see. Despite cold temps and strong winds, we enjoyed the climbs up the Hill of Tara and Loughcrew (although that climb was a big challenge for 65-year-old knees). Getting to go inside the passage tomb at Loughcrew with no one else around was surreal. The lunch stop was a great bonus -- great food in an authentic thatch-roofed kitchen. We had plenty of time to explore Trim Castle and Monasterboice (love those ancient Celtic crosses). The only stop I may have eliminated was the town of Dogheda -- but that may have been because it had started snowing and I was getting fatigued. I highly recommend this day trip!
Excellent Celtic & Boyne tour with Noel