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CELTIC BOYNE VALLEY TOUR
€45.00

Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

Please be advised to wear sturdy footwear for this tour.

 

Welcome to our One Day Celtic Boyne Tour which will bring you through one of the most historically significant and ancient areas of Ireland: County Meath, also known as the Royal County. It is from here that the High Kings of Ireland ruled the country. 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’. We will visit the passage tombs at Loughcrew; megalithic burial chambers which are around 5000 years old. These magical tombs are easy to access and explore. Inside, you will see intricate artwork carved into the stones still visible after thousands of years. We will then 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. Be transported back in time as you explore the sprawling castle grounds.

 

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 run wild and picture an ancient Ireland with its ruler (voted into the position by his kinship) presiding over issues affecting the country, surrounded by lush fertile land. 

Details Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

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

DEPARTURE LOCATION: Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street  - MAP HERE 

 

ADULT : €45

STUDENT / SENIOR : €40  ( 13yrs-16yrs / 65 yrs + )

CHILD : €22.50   ( 5yrs-12yrs )

CHILD UNDER 5 : Free

 

HIGHLIGHTS :

This Celtic Boyne Valley day tour includes Loughcrew Passage Tomb  |  Trim Castle  |  Hill of Tara  |  The Hill Of Uisneach

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

 

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Add a meal back in Dublin at The Riddler Restaurant serving modern Irish Food.

 

( Meal options available to add on our booking page  -  Your guide can drop you off at the restaurant in Christchurch just minutes from the city center by foot )

Celtic Boyne Valley Day Tour Itinerary

Please be advised to wear sturdy footwear for this tour.

8:00am : Depart Dublin

Our Celtic Boyne Valley tour departs from the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street in Dublin city centre. Please arrive at least ten minutes prior to our departure time. After you meet your charming guide, we will travel north into the royal county of Meath towards Oldcastle. Travel through picturesque countryside into the land of kings and legends.

9.30am : 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’.

11:50am : Loughcrew Passage Tomb

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.  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 the iron gate is opened, you’ll enter the tomb with a flash lamp to find the Celtic designs carved into the rock over 5000 years ago along the walls and ceiling of the tomb. They are still perfectly visible and enchant every visitor who sees them. The remarkable preservation of the designs makes this a special visit and one our visitors always remember.

2:30pm : Trim Castle

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

4:05pm : Hill of Tara

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 the village, ask your guide to tell you the story of the four sisters!

 

6:00pm : Arrive back in Dublin

We arrive back in Dublin. We hope that you enjoy your Celtic Boyne Valley tour with us.

Celtic Boyne valley day tour reviews

Celtic Boyne Tour/Ancient East tour

Took the Celtic Boyne Valley Tour on April 2. Our tour guide was Stephen, and the driver was Charlie. The tour was changed recently, and includes Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, Loughcrew, and the Hill of Uisneach. There were about 30 of us on the tour bus/coach.

Timing-wise, everything went well. We did the itinerary in the reverse order from their website, but that's OK. Unfortunately for us the weather was pretty dismal -- rainy and cold.Tara and Trim were nice to see. Uisneach a bit less so -- not that much there really. 

The highlight for me was the cairn at Loughcrew. Be aware, that it is a good hike up a hill, but I am old and fat and I was able to do it. But, as their website recommends, you MUST wear good walking shoes -- I recommend hiking boots/shoes. It was bitterly cold when we were there, raining hard, and the wind was really strong...going up my glasses were so covered in water that I couldn't see anything. I was thankful that I had a good heavy winter coat, gloves, woolly hat, and a walking stick. A couple of people slipped, so be careful! I was pretty miserable on the hike up itself, but when I reached the top it was so worth it -- the top of that hill is quite a desolate location, and it was eerily beautiful with the different rock rings/formations, and cairns. We were able to crouch down and enter the tomb in groups of 9 or so (was pretty cramped in there) and see the very cool rock carvings. On the way down, an older gentleman slipped and fell quite hard -- he and his wife decided to quit the tour and get checked out at a local hospital -- again, wear proper footwear and take your time and you'll be OK.

Charlie was great -- very funny and friendly man and great at maneuvering the coach. Stephen was awesome -- made each visit entertaining and informative at the same time. 

This was the highlight of my trip to Ireland. Thank you Charlie and Stephen!!

 

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Terrific Day Trip to Ireland's Ancient East - Valley of the Boyne 

On Monday, Feb. 26, we had a fantastic day visiting ancient sites around the River Boyne with our driver/guide Jim. The small-group format was superior. Jim was knowledgeable, courteous, funny, and a safe driver. This trip is a great value: I am amazed how much we got to see. Despite cold temps and strong winds, we enjoyed the climbs up the Hill of Tara and Loughcrew (although that climb was a big challenge for 65-year-old knees). Getting to go inside the passage tomb at Loughcrew with no one else around was surreal. The lunch stop was a great bonus -- great food in an authentic thatch-roofed kitchen. We had plenty of time to explore Trim Castle and Monasterboice (love those ancient Celtic crosses). The only stop I may have eliminated was the town of Dogheda -- but that may have been because it had started snowing and I was getting fatigued. I highly recommend this day trip!

 

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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.

 

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“Celtic Boyne Valley Tour”

 

This was the first time my husband and I had taken a coach tour so we didn't know what to expect. Our driver was Rob and right away he made some jokes and made everyone comfortable. This was a smaller tour, there were only 14 of us. 
On the way to the tour our bus started to break down, Rob called the office and they told him to keep driving the bus anyway. Rob refused and told them to get another bus down here right away. It was great that he was so concerned for our safety instead of just doing what his boss told him to do. It didn't take long for a new bus to arrive and then we were on our way.
This tour is wonderful for anyone who likes history. We got to see Loughcrew which features ancient tombs, Monasterboice which features Celtic high crosses and church ruins, Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, and the church in Drogheda which features the severed head of Saint Oliver Plunkett.
We also stopped at Loughcrew and ate lunch at a wonderful cafe there. My husband and I both had Ham & Cheese melts and they were delicious.
The walk at Loughcrew is pretty tough if you aren't in good shape, it is uphill walking for about 20 minutes.
It rained the entire day we were on this tour. I expected rain in Ireland but it absolutely poured and I was soaked by the end of it but I still had the best time because of our driver, Rob. He was knowledgable and funny. I would highly recommend this tour!

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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!

 

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