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Celtic Boyne Valley Day tour from Dublin

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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

Overview

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.

Itinerary

08:00am - Depart from Dublin
Our passengers for the oyne valley day tour meet up at the old stone church on Suffolk Street as we leave Dublin travelling north to the royal county of Meath.
09:30am - Loughcrew
We arrive at Loughcrew, a sacred site with approximately 30 passage tombs. Steeped in Irish historic importance, Loughcrew is the burial site of the legendary High King of Ireland Ollamh Fodhla. Enter the tomb by flash light and marvel at the Celtic designs carved into the rock 5,000 years ago.
11:00am - Trim Castle
Enjoy a breath taking drive through Irish countryside to our stop at Trim Castle. Here you will get the chance to walk through the grounds of this 800 year old Anglo-Norman castle. You may recognise it from some of the best fight scenes in the film Braveheart. Located on the edge of the Trim town, the castle was the stronghold of Hugh de Lacy who was granted the Kingdom of Meath by King Henry II. Since then the castle has been used for many different purposes but is largely unchanged it its 800 years.
12:20pm - Hill of Tara
We arrive at the most sacred site in ancient Ireland – the Hill of Tara and the seat of the High Kings. On a clear day you can see a quarter of Ireland’s landscape from this point. Getting its name from Teamhair na Ri meaning the Sanctuary of the Kings, Tara is the traditional inauguration site of the ancient High Kings and historically the most important site in Ireland. Your guide will give you all the historic information about this amazing site on your trip. We will have lunch in Tara before departing to our next stop.
2:45pm - Monasterboice
Next we visit the highly religious site of Monasterboice where you will see the finest high crosses in Ireland and is regarded as one of the finest examples of Irish religious artefacts. At 520AD Monasterboise was founded by Saint Buite and holds the second highest round tower in Ireland. We spend 20 mins here until we head towards our final stop of the tour.
3:15pm - Drogheda
You will have approximately 2 hours in Drogheda where your tour guide will walk and talk you through this fascinating town steeped in Irish history. We visit St Peters Church where you will see the decapitated head of St. Oliver Plunkett and hear the stories of Oliver Cromwell. Have some free time to explore the town before we head back to Dublin
5:15pm - Back to Dublin
We make our way back to Dublin with an arrival time of approximately 6:00pm.

Highlights

Loughcrew

Celtic Tour

 

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

Hill of tara, Boyne valley tour

 

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.

 Trim Castle

Trim castle, Boyne valley tour

 

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.

Monasterboice

Boyne Valley tour

 

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.

Reviews

Reviews

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.

Trip advisor April 2016

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.

Trip advisor May 2016

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

FAQ

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.

 

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