THIS ONE DAY CELTIC TOUR OF THE BOYNE VALLEY ( One Of Ireland’s 7 Wonders ) INCLUDES THE HILL OF TARA / TRIM CASTLE / SLANE CASTLE ( photo stop ) / MONASTERBOICE / LOUGHCREW PASSAGE TOMB.
NOTE : Please note that good footwear warm clothing is recommended on this tour
Join us for an insightful 1-day Celtic tour of the historical Boyne Valley which will lead you into one of Ireland’s most ancient regions in all the land! More specifically, a significant portion of this tour takes place in County Meath which is better known as the “Royal County” due to this being the primary location from where the High Kings of Ireland reigned over the country.
Our tour guides are not only experienced professionals in the line of tourism but their charming accents will only contribute to such a memorable experience! Join us for this captivating excursion into the historical side of Ireland’s past! This uniquely structured tour departs from Dublin everyday of the week at 8:00am and will have you back in town after a full day’s tour at approximately 6:00pm where you’ll have the luxury to reminisce about such an eventful day with fellow travellers. In addition, listed below is our detailed itinerary in order for you to have a more comprehensive inside-look at what our Celtic day trip tour has to offer…
Departure takes place outside the old stone church located on Suffolk Street which is the governmental tourist office near Grafton Street and is directly situated inside of the church. More specifically, the office is called “Dublin Tourism”. Once you’ve found your location of departure, you’ll begin your exciting new escapade across the west coast terrain of Ireland! However, before leaving you’ll meet your fun-loving and very knowledgeable tour guide who will briefly explain the upcoming itinerary as well as introduce you to your fellow drifting travel companions!
The first attraction of the day provides you with exclusive access to explore the celebrated passage tombs of Loughcrew. Once inside, you will have the unique opportunity of viewing stonewall artwork that is dated back to being over 5,000 years old.
Next, you will enjoy a breathtaking drive through the most charming countryside that Ireland has to offer which will eventually lead you into the quaint town of Trim; home of the largest and best preserved Anglo-Norman castle in all of Ireland. Not to mention, the well-acclaimed movie “Braveheart” was filmed on the spectacular grounds of Trim Castle!
From there you will travel to the most sacred site of ancient Ireland, “The Hill of Tara” which is one of the most essential sites located in the Boyne Valley. The importance of this specific site is accredited to the fact that the High Kings ruled the country from this exact location. In addition, it is said that a quarter of Ireland’s countryside can be seen from this mound. Before leaving, we’ll grab a bite to eat so that we’re able to enjoy the incredible scenery surrounding us which seems to go on for hundreds of miles.
Once you’ve finished with lunch, we’ll have a wonderful photo opportunity at the legendary “Slane Castle” which has housed one of Irelands most famous aristocrats, Henry Conyngham, Earl of Mount Charles. In addition, the Slane Castle hosts one of the country’s largest music festivals that has featured various bands such as U2, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Guns and Roses and the Kings of Leon just to name a few.
Up next includes a trek through the back-roads of Kildemock in order to reach an unusual stop at the mystifying “Jumping Church” outside of Ardee. Legend has it that a formerly prominent member of society was awarded an elite privilege of being buried within the church; however, he was later revealed to have had a menacing past and therefore was excommunicated from the church. Coincidentally, it is believed that the following night the west-end wall “jumped” from its foundation during a vicious storm in 1715 in order to exclude the once established individual. To this day, nobody knows if the phenomenon of the church is natural or supernatural but regardless, it makes for an interesting stop!
Once you’ve finished exploring the fascinating ruins of Kildemock, we’ll venture off to one of Irelands most celebrated monisteries! The praised about Celtic High Cross of Muirdach at Monisterboice is the finest High Cross in all the land. Not only will you have the unique opportunity to view one of the best surviving examples of Irish religious artefacts’ but you will also have the ability to survey the second highest round tower within the whole country!
The final attraction of the day consists of a trip to the town of Drogheda where you will enjoy a walking tour of the charming little town as well as a visit to St. Peters Church where you will have the special privilege of viewing the shrine of St. Oliver Plunkett.
To finish, we’ll arrive back in Dublin at 6pm to reminisce about all of the exciting highlights!