Ireland's Ancient East Tour

Single Day Tour Starts in Dublin & Ends in Dublin

Tour highlights

Join Irish Day Tours for a day in Ireland’s Ancient East. Journey through Ireland’s Ancient East to explore the historic Boyne Valley, one of Ireland’s most ancient regions.

The guide will introduce you to the most significant sites in Celtic history, taking the group right into the heart of County Meath, the ‘Royal County’. Once home to the High Kings of Ireland and filled with ancient tombs and other highlights to explore, Meath’s lush green landscape make the perfect and serine backdrop to a wonderful day’s tour.

Itinerary

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8:00AM: DEPART FROM DUBLIN

The Irish Day Tours group will meet at the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street, just off the bottom of Grafton Street. The group will board their comfortable coach and meet their guide and fellow travelers. Then it’s time to sit back and relax as the group heads west, towards the Ancient East.

 

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9:30AM: HILL OF UISNEACH

The first stop, the Hill of Uisneacht, is the spiritual center of Ireland and arguably one of our most important ancient sites in the country. This is the point at which the five provinces of Ireland (The point at which the five provinces of Ireland (Connacht, Ulster, Leinster, Munster and Mide) met and where their Kings would celebrate the ‘festival of the fires’, a practice still recreated today.

 

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11:50AM: LOUGHCREW

Loughcrew is the site of megalithic burial grounds dating back to approximately 3500 and 3300 BC, situated near the summit of Sliabh na Caillí and on surrounding hills and valleys. Visitors will be free to explore and view the intricate artwork that has survived for thousands of years.

There is a number of cairns (ancient tombs) on the site ready for exploration. It is a truly impressive site and a unique experience.  

 

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02:30PM: TRIM CASTLE

It wouldn’t be a drive through the Irish countryside without seeing lush and picturesque landscapes and of course and Irish castle. The scenery is breathtaking as the tour travels towards the town of Trim, home to an impressive and well-preserved Anglo-Norman castle.

Trim Castle is the largest castle of its type in Ireland. Hollywood would be hard-pressed to find something better.

Guests will have time to explore the sprawling castle and grounds. This is a fantastic photo opportunity. Your guide will give you information in relation to the history of this fascinating castle and the surrounding area.

 

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04:05PM: HILL OF TARA

The most sacred site of ancient Ireland is the Hill of Tara.

An important and historic site in the Boyne Valley region, it was the center of the country in a sense as the High Kings ruled Ireland from this very site. From the hill, there is a lovely view of the surrounding area.

It is said that a quarter of Ireland’s countryside is visible from this hill on a clear day.

 

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6:00PM: ARRIVE BACK IN DUBLIN

At approximately 6.00PM the tour group will arrive back in Dublin city with memories they will keep forever of Ireland’s ancient history and radiant countryside.

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Irish Day Tours seven-day tours from Dublin, which leave daily, have all been carefully handpicked for their historical, natural, and cultural importance. They run tours to The Cliffs of MoherGiant’s CausewayBelfast and Northern Ireland.

Of course, the beauty of seeing Ireland by day tours means your adventure to the four corners of this island will always end up back at your hotel room in Dublin.  No need to hire cars, book more hotels, pack and unpack, just simply sit back and take it all in! Irish Day Tours have a fleet of coaches, from nine to 64 seats.

The success and exceptional growth of Irish Day Tours company can be credited to their relentless focus on customer care and service. They have been awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ every year from 2012  to 2016 due to their outstanding reviews. Irish Day Tours customer reviews on Trip Advisor are currently at 95 percent, rated "Excellent" or "Very Good".

Irish Day Tours Guides are among the best in the business, all unique in their own way. Some will sound like they’ve swallowed the book on Ireland’s history from the beginning of time, others will sing their way to the coast. Whoever you get, one thing is certain, your adventure with Irish Day Tours will be one you’ll never forget!

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Irish Day Tours’ guides will lead you through an exciting and informative day with tales of history, mythology, and royalty. You will be both informed and entertained by your guides who are professional, knowledgeable and have a lovely sense of humor.

Effortlessly travel from the Stone Age to modern times, as the Ancient East Tour explores the Boyne valley! The tour departs from Dublin city center at 8:00am and will bring its guests along on a full and exciting schedule before returning to Dublin by approximately 6:00pm.

This is a tour that takes you into the depths of Celtic history and allows you to explore sites of historical significance and stunning landscapes.

The guide will introduce you to the most significant sites in Celtic history, taking the group right into the heart of County Meath, the ‘Royal County’. Once home to the High Kings of Ireland and filled with ancient tombs and other highlights to explore, Meath’s lush green landscape make the perfect and serine backdrop to a wonderful day’s tour.

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