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From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

1. From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

This Celtic tour along Ireland’s Ancient East brings you to the historically significant Boyne valley situated in County Meath (the Royal County) from where the ancient High Kings of Ireland ruled. Join this tour for a day of time travel, visiting the Neolithic tombs of Loughcrew, the predominantly Iron Age Hill of Tara, the 7th Century Christian monastery of Fore Abbey, the Hill Of Uishneach (the spiritual center of Ireland), and the Anglo-Norman Trim castle.  The ‘Hill of Uisneach’ is arguably one of Ireland's most important ancient sites. It is the point at which the five provinces of Ireland met and where their Kings would celebrate the ‘festival of the fires’. Visitors can also 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. Next head to Loughcrew, the site of multiple passage tombs from the Neolithic age that are 5000 years old. Get up close and personal to pre-history in these cairns with its still-intact rock art, lavishly decorating the inside walls (built more than 500 years before the first pyramids). You then travel to Trim castle, the best preserved, most impressive example of Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It offers a spectacular insight into the lives and traditions of the people from the middle ages. The visit The Hill of Tara, which is best known for having been the royal residence of the ancient High Kings that ruled Ireland in Celtic times and beyond. It is said that a quarter of Ireland’s landscape can be seen from this hill. Take in this spectacular vista before heading back to the capital.

Dublin: Private Boyne Valley and Trim Castle Day Tour

2. Dublin: Private Boyne Valley and Trim Castle Day Tour

Leave the hustle and bustle of Dublin city and visit the UNESCO world heritage sites of the Boyne Valley home to Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth and Loughcrew Neolithic tombs. At Newgrange, explore the passage and chamber, which illuminates the innermost chamber revealing ancient artwork. Walk around the one-acre site containing the tomb, and see the 5000-year old roof, still intact and waterproof.  After lunch in Slane, continue further into the Boyne Valley to the Hill of Tara, the seat of Celtic Kings of Ireland including Brian Boru. Move on to Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in Ireland. Explore the inside, and head up the spiral staircases to the dining halls and sleeping chambers of the De Lacy stronghold. Finish up the day with afternoon tea in the luxury Dunboyne Castle en-route back to Dublin.  Remember that this private tour is completely customizable to your requirements, and this is a suggested itinerary.

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What people are saying about Boyne Valley

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 309 reviews

Leo is a great guide he was our driver for both this trip and the Wicklow trip. This tour is more interactive with the guide, there is a lot more information about everything you are seeing on this trip as well as the background of Irish history, the climbs at Hill of Tara, and Loughcrew are not for the weak or the weary, they are a challenge, but the payoff of the scenery from the top is worth it.

Derrick was a great tour guide and driver. He took time to chat to most (or all) of us which is so nice. especially so for those of us travelling solo. You can tell that his good humor has made him friends with the folks who work at the different stops and that can make a difference!

Our guide, Brian, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Highlight was NewGrange but also enjoyed Slane Castle (Trim Castle was closed) and a beautiful sunset at Monasterboice.

We highly recommend it! Interesting places, great guide, friendly atmosphere, inexpensive lunch (with vege option). It's worth using!

The guide was an amazing fella, the sights were amazing too, very few minutes on the bus and plenty of time seeing the sights