Celtic Boyne Valley Day Tour
Day Tour from Dublin
DEPARTURE TIME: 8:00AM (Arrive 10mins before) DEPARTURE LOCATION: Suffolk Street (See map) PRICE:€40 Adult PRICE: €35 Student – Senior – 13yrs / 16yrs PRICE: €20 Child 5yrs / 12yrs PRICE: Children under 5 free
Our 1 day Celtic and Boyne Valley day tour brings you to some of Ireland’s most ancient and historic sites. The majority of the tour takes place in County Meath, also known as the Royal County, which was the original ruling place of the High Kings of Ireland. Visit the passage tombs of Loughcrew where you will see 5000 year old artwork carved into the stone. We also visit the old town of Trim where you will get the chance to walk around the grounds of Trim Castle, the largest and best preserved Anglo-Norman castle in the country and the setting of the film Braveheart. Visit the famous Hill of Tara where the High Kings ruled from during the Iron Age. Another highlight of this tour is Monasterboise, famous for its many high crosses and round towers. We finish with a tour of Drogheda.
The passage tombs of the Boyne valley date back to 3000 BC, there are a number of these tombs in the area the best known one is Newgrange which is aligned with the winter Solstice, The passage tomb we visit is less well known but just as impressive. The loughcrew area has many megalythic tombs and cairns but the most impressive is Cain T . This passage tomb is very well preserved and has many stony carvings. It is aligned with the rising sun on the spring and Autumn equinox when sunlight illuminates the Back stone at the end of the passage. Loughcrew Newgrange and Knoth and Dowth are known as passage tombs but they seem to have had much more significance than just a tomb and would more likely have acted as ancient temples. This for me is a must visit for anyone with an interest in ancient Ireland. The mathematical calculations and the skill need ed in building these tombs to match so precisely the rising sun on specific important calendar dates is astounding and you must keep in mind that this was built in the stone age.
Hill of Tara
The hill of Tara is recognised as an area of huge historical significance. Buildings on the site no longer exist as they would have been constructed from Wood, All that is left are the mounds that would have surrounded the constructions and the mound of the hostages which predates the main purpose of the hill of Tara. The Hill of Tara was the coronation place of the high kings of Ireland and was a place where disputes were settled through diplomacy. From archeological findings it is thought to have international dealings. It is also hypothesised that it was a place of worship with religious significance as well as political.
This is the best preserved and most impressive Norman castle in Ireland. The castle was built by Hugh de Lacy in 1172 . The grounds are extensive and have many outer constructions worth exploring. The castle was attacked and burned by the Irish high king Ruairi O Conchuir but he had to flee shortly after. De lacy immediately began to rebuild the castle and his so continued rebuilding the castle and it was completed in 1224.
Ireland was once known as the island of saints and scholars with a lot of monasteries around Ireland being founded with an emphasis on education and the production of holy books. Monasterboice was founded in the 5th century by saint Buithe but the two churches date to the 14th century and the round tower which is the second tallest in Ireland dates to the 11th century. Monasterboice is home to two of Ireland’s best preserved high crosses, they have intricate carvings on both sides depicting scenes from the old and the new testament.
Celtic and Boyne Valley Tour A++
The Extreme Ireland Celtic and Boyne Valley Tour was an experience that my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed. The host Mac was very knowledgeable and was very warm and welcoming. We found that although some of the tour was rainy and muddy we enjoyed the whole tour and the company on board. Mac even gave my friend his umbrella so she wouldn’t get drenched which was nice of him. He gave us great details about the history and gave us little tips and stories he’d picked up that weren’t a necessity to the history but were enjoyable and put us to ease. All in all our tour was pretty amazing, if you’re looking for a tour that has craic, history and culture I would 100% recommend this tour.
Spectacular and informative tour of Celtic and Boyne Valley
My husband and I had a memorable and enjoyable experience with Irish Day Tours. We arrived at a central location to our hotel at 8:00 AM. The van was very modern and comfortable. The group was small, about 10 people. Derek our driver and guide was fantastic! He gave us extraordinary history and attention. He took us to areas that are not official parts of the tour in an effort to add the the rich Celtic history. A highlight of the tour was Tara, King of Hills. We learned so much about the history of the Irish from Derek and we loved it. The tour took us to excellent stops for coffee and lunch. It rained at times and was cold. However, that did not detract from enjoying the tour. The value was excellent! We will definitely return and take another tour with Irish Day Tours.
Celtic Boyne Valley day Tour – May 19, 2016
The Celtic Boyne Tour today was amazing! Our guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. As a bonus, we also made a stop at Bective Abbey. Fantastic tour and a good value! I highly recommend this tour.
Off the beaten path way to see Celtic sites
We really enjoyed our day trip to Loughcrew, the Hill of Tara, Trim Castle and Monasterboice. Gabe was our driver and tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Trip advisor June 2014
excellent extreme ireland celtic boyne valley day tour with barry
Day bus tour may 2015 with Barry from Extreme Ireland – who was very knowledgeable and amusing. Early rapid fire commentary on political and historical events and little amusing asides was reminiscent of Robin Williams in Ms Doubtfire. He didn’t talk all the time, which would have been too much but walked with us – taking some of less traveled tourist sites – seeing ancient celtic religious, burial and kingship sites, abby ruins, trim castle where Braveheart was filmed, monastery with interesting graveyard , and a small town with a modern church and bloody history from cromwell times Left from molly malone statue at a civilized hour of 8 am returning at 6 30 — much less bus time than most other tours and considerable walking. Wonderful trip. thankfully no rain which would have made brief but strenuous hill climb less pleasant. Fascinating info on celtic religion and transition to Christianity. Adequate stops for bathroom facilities, coffee, lunch for purchase in a traditional pub. 27 people on bus, which apparently was more than usual, but was fine.
What should I wear ?
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and footwear (boots if possible) as we spend a lot of time off the bus and we will have to hike a little over open ground.
How long is the tour?
The tour takes approximately 10 hours starting at 8 am and finishing at 6 pm
Do we stop for lunch?
Yes we factor in 1 hour for lunch and bring you to a good cafe. You can also bring a packed lunch.
Are all entrance fees covered?
Yes the customer has no extra expense except lunch.
Do we have a tour of Trim castle
Entrance into Trim castle grounds is covered but we do not enter the castle, Entrance to the castle is a guided tour and takes an hour. We do not spend that long at this location so this is not possible.
Is there a reduction for student / seniors?
There is a €5 reduction for students and seniors.
Is there a reduction for multiple bookings?
There is €5 reduction when you book a second tour and another €7 reduction on a booking of a third tour.