Celtic Boyne Valley Tour - Ireland's Ancient East

Single Day Tour Starts in Dublin & Ends in Dublin

Tour highlights

Join us as we journey through Ireland’s Ancient East to explore the historic Boyne Valley. Our day tour takes you into one of Ireland’s most ancient regions. Your guide introduces you to the most significant sites in Celtic history and takes you right into the heart of County Meath, the ‘Royal County’.

Here, the High Kings of Ireland ruled the country and people over the centuries. There are many historical sites such as Neolithic tombs, castles , and other historical highlights to explore. Surrounded by the lush green landscape Ireland is best known for, it is an adventure not to be missed.

Itinerary

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8:00AM: DEPART FROM DUBLIN

We meet at the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (map is linked on our booking page). You will board our comfortable coach, meet your guide and fellow travellers and then sit back and relax as we head out of Dublin and head west to our first visit  

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8:30AM: HILL OF TARA

The most sacred site of Ancient Ireland is the Hill of Tara, and this is where we head next. 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.

 

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10:00AM - TRIM CASTLE

It wouldn’t be a drive through the Irish countryside without seeing lush and picturesque landscapes. The scenery is breathtaking as we head to 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. With a castle so well preserved and with such stunning grounds, Hollywood would be hard-pressed to find something better! You 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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11:50AM: LOUGHCREW PASSAGE TOMB

Visit Loughcrew which is a cluster of Megalithic Cairns, dating back to 3000 BC .The hills and Tombs are collectively known as Slieve na Galliagh and are the highest point in Co Meath affording spectacular views. Sit in the Hags chair and hear fantastic historical and mythical legends surrounding this area. It is a truly impressive site and a unique experience.  

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3:00PM: FORE ABBEY

Visitors can 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.

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4:00PM: HILL OF UISNEACH

The ‘Hill of Uisneacht’ is the spiritual center of Ireland and arguably one of our most important ancient sites. The point at which the five provinces of Ireland met and where their Kings would celebrate the ‘festival of the fires’.

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6:00PM: ARRIVE BACK IN DUBLIN

Arrive back in Dublin

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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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Our guides will lead you through an exciting and informative day with tales of history, mythology, and royalty. You will be both informed and entertained; our guides are professional, knowledgeable and have a lovely sense of humor.

Effortlessly travel from the Stone Age to modern times, as we explore the Boyne valley! We depart at 8:00am with 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.

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