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From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

Activity provider: EI Travel Group

From US$ 52.81 per person

Experience some of Ireland’s most historic sites on this full-day tour from Dublin. Visit County Meath, home of the Irish High Kings, and see the spiritual Hill of Tara, the high crosses at Fore Abbey, and much more.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Stop at the Loughcrew Passage tomb, the burial site of a legendary High King
  • Visit the Hill of Tara, where the High Kings of Ireland were crowned
  • Tour Trim Castle, one of Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman castles
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Guide
  • Admission fees
  • Meals
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

The tour departs from the Molly Malone statue outside the old stone church on Suffolk Street, Dublin 2.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • The Hill of Uisneach has been temporarily removed from the itinerary due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • Enjoy 10% off your meal back in Dublin at The Riddler Restaurant serving modern Irish food. Your guide can drop you off at the restaurant in Christchurch just minutes from downtown Dublin by foot. Quote 'GetYourGuide discount' to the waiting staff
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 125 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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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!

May 15, 2022

Our guide Derrick was excellent. The sites we visited were each well worth visiting: Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, Loughcrew Cairns, Fore Abbey. More time at Hill of Tara and Loughcrew Cairns would have been nice for us, though we like to go slow and take in the feel of places at a deeper level. We weren't able to visit the Hill of Uisneach because of COVID (fully disclosed ahead of time), which was disappointing.

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May 7, 2022

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.

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February 6, 2022

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