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Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

Please be advised to wear sturdy footware for this tour.

Welcome to our One Day Celtic Tour which will bring you around one of the most historically significant and ancient areas of Ireland: County Meath, also known as the Royal County, from where the High Kings of Ireland ruled the country. We will visit the passage tombs at Loughcrew, which are easier to access and peruse at your leisure, and as good as Newgrange. Inside, you will see intricate artwork carved into the stones still visible after 5000 years. We will follow a scenic route through lovely countryside to the old town of Trim. The famous Trim Castle is situated here. It's the best preserved, most impressive example of an Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.  


Next, we travel to The Hill of Tara the centre of ancient Ireland. From this high ground, the High Kings ruled the country. It is said that a quarter of Ireland’s landscape can be seen from this hill. Let your imagination go and picture an ancient Ireland with its ruler ( voted into the position by his kinship ) surrounded by lush fertile land. We have lunch here before we move on.  


The Celtic High Cross is one of the iconic symbols associated with Ireland and there is a very fine example of one of these at 'Monasterboice' which is our next stop. The Celtic High Cross of Muiredach is regarded as the best surviving example of ancient religious art in Ireland. 


Lastly, you get a very informative and interesting walking tour of the Historic town of Drogheda. A town whose walls held back many attackers, but fell to Cromwell who sacked the city. Join us for whiskey tasting with a whiskey connisseur. You will have some free time in Drogheda to explore the narrow streets or have a pint!

Details Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

DEPARTURE TIME: 8:00AM ( Arrive 10mins before )

DEPARTURE LOCATION: Suffolk Street near Old Stone Church/Molly Malone Statue  - MAP HERE 


ADULT : €40

STUDENT / SENIOR : €35  ( 13yrs-16yrs / 65 yrs + )

CHILD : €20   ( 5yrs-12yrs )




This Celtic day Tour includes Loughcrew Passage Tomb  |  Trim Castle  |  Hill of Tara  |  Monasterboice  |  Drogheda

Note: You need to wear hiking shoes and warm clothing as you will be in exposed areas.

Celtic Boyne Valley Day Tour Itinerary

Please be advised to wear sturdy footware for this tour.


Our celtic Boyne valley tour departs from the old stone church on Suffolk Street in Dublin city centre.  After our guide introduces himself we travel north into the royal county of Meath towards Oldcastle.



We arrive at the sacred site of Loughcrew with a concentration of around 30 passage tombs.  This is one of the most important prehistoric cemeteries in Ireland and many agree that it is better than that of the famous Newgrange.  You’ll walk to the top of the hill where one of the best preserved and most accessible tombs on the site can be seen.  Once we open the iron gate you’ll enter the tomb with a flash lamp to find along the walls and the ceiling Celtic designs carved into the rock over 5000 years ago, still perfectly visible.



After a drive through some breathtaking Irish countryside we make our next stop at the great Trim Castle.  Here you will enjoy exploring the grounds of this fabulous stronghold that is still standing after 800 years.  It was at this castle where some of the best fight scenes in the film ‘Braveheart’ were shot.  Trim Castle is the most important and best preserved Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland situated on the edge of Trim town itself. 



Not far from Trim Castle we will arrive at the Hill Of Tara, the seat of the High Kings  – the most sacred site in ancient Ireland.  It is said that a quarter of Ireland’s landscape can be seen from this point.   Tara gets its name from ‘Teamhair na Ri’ which means ‘Sanctuary of the Kings’ and is the traditional inauguration site of the ancient High Kings of Ireland.  Tara was at the height of its importance around 600BC and was the royal centre of Mide, meaning ‘The Middle Kingdom’ once the 5th province of Ireland.



We travel through the village of Slane. Today, Slane Castle hosts Ireland’s premier annual music concerts. It can hold 80,000 fans and over the years has hosted concerts by Queen, The Rolling Stones, Guns N’Roses and U2, to name a few.  In fact, U2’s fourth studio album ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ was recorded in the Great Hall at Slane Castle!  As you leave Slane village, ask your guide to tell you the story of the four sisters!



Our next stop on the fabulous Celtic 1 Day Tour is at the religious site at Monasterboice.  The High Cross of Monasterboise is the finest in Ireland and is highly regarded as one of the finest surviving examples of Irish religious art. This religious site has been there since 520AD founded by Saint Buite. Its name derives from the Irish ‘Mainistir Bhuithe’ meaning ‘the monastery of Buite’. The monastery holds the 2nd highest round tower in Ireland which was burned in 1097 destroying its library and other treasures but still remains intact apart from its head cap. You will also find the Celtic High Cross of Muiredach from the early ninth century and probably the finest of its type in the world. 



Just a short hop to our next and final stop before we make our way back to Dublin. You will have approximately 2 hours in the historical town of Drogheda. When we arrive in the centre of the town your driver will walk you through this fascinating place, which is steeped in highly significant Irish history. You will visit St. Peters Church where inside you will see the decapitated head of Saint Oliver Plunkett. Drogheda was an important Anglo-Norman settlement and was one of the largest walled towns in Medieval Ireland. The town walls held strong twice from attack. Firstly from Edward Bruce in 1317, and again by Phelim O’Neill in 1642.  However, the walls were breached in 1649 by Cromwell who sacked the town massacring 3500 people inside. following the tour of this fascinating town we have arranged whiskey tasting with a local connoisseur.  



After a hugely enjoyable and educational day, we make our way back to Dublin city (just 45 mins).  At this point you’ll be experts on Irish history, so maybe a quiz on the way back to shorten the journey home! We hope that you enjoy your celtic Boyne valley tour with us.

Celtic Boyne valley day tour reviews

Facebook Sheila White Moore September 2016

What a day. Wayne was our guide on the Boyne Valley Celtic day tour. He was so funny yet very knowledgeable. The tour hit so many incredible sights: The Hill of Tara, Loughcrew Burial Mounds, Norman castles, etc. I loved every moment of it. An added pleasure was the fact that we were in a 16 passenger van which was very comfortable. I highly recommend this tour.



“Celtic Boyne Valley Tour”

Trip Advisor - 5 stars - Reviewed 31 August 2016


This was a perfect day trip from Dublin. This tour company offers numerous day trips from Dublin, but I'm really happy I chose this one. We explored County Meath, its beautiful landscape, and history that dates back 5000 years. Our tour guide, Jim, was fantastic. Knowledgeable, funny, and told wonderful anecdotal stories. Tour cost 35 euros, 30 if you are a student. The bus was very comfortable and we were picked up/dropped off right in the city center. Lunch is not included; you can pack a lunch if so desired, or try one of the local restaurants on one of the stops (which I highly recommend). Overall great bang for your buck, and the best way to explore the Irish countryside without renting a car yourself. Lastly, you climb a steep hill as part of the tour, so if that doesn't sound like fun, I would recommend choosing a different tour.


Celtic Boyne Valley Day Tour

Facebook Erin McDonough

Loved the Celtic and Boyne Valley tour. Our guide Gabrielle was fantastic. The climb up to one of the burial mounds was challenging, but worth it all! We saw churches, Celtics crosses, castles, cemeteries, and cairns. Fantastic.




“Celtic Boyne Valley Tour”

Facebook Christyann Clark - February 2016

What a wonderful experience! 
I had come to Ireland with a pretty full agenda, but after reading up on the company I decided to spend my last day in the country on the Celtic Boyne Valley Tour; what a prefect way to end my vacation! 
The tour guide Tony was knowledgable, easy going, and very charming. Thanks Tony!
I would definitely recommend to anyone in the area



A Fantastic Trip Back in Time

Trip Advisor - 5 stars - Reviewed October 2016

If you are headed to Dublin be sure to book a day trip to the Boyne Valley. Extreme Ireland did a great tour of the Valley of the Kings, with talks on the passage tombs and stops at castles and churches along the way. Highly recommended!




"Hey Keith, Thanks a million for an amazing day out on the Celtic Tour last week. It's always been on my bucket list to get there for a long time and you made it special! We've got some family friends heading to Ireland next summer so I'll definately put them in touch with you!"

Gerry Kelly



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