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celtic tour
celtic tour, loughcrew, passage tombs, Newgrange celtic tour, Monasterboice, celtic crosses celtic tour, Trim castle,
DETAILS

Departs Dublin Tourism on Suffolk Street, outside the old stone church at 8:00 am daily

Please arrive 10 mins before departure!

Adult €35

Student/OAP €30

Child 5-12 €17.50

child under 5 free


OVERVIEW

Our 1 day Celtic and Boyne Valley tour brings you to some of Irelands most ancient and historic sites. The majority of the tour rakes place in County Meath, a county also known as the Royal County due to it being the place where the High Kings of Ireland ruled the country. 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 also a setting for the film Braveheart. Visit the famous Hill of Tara where the high kings ruled the country during the Iron age. An other highlight of this tour is Monasterboise, famous for its many high crosses and round towers.We finish with a tour of Drogheda and whiskey tasting with a whiskey connoisseur.


ITINERARY

8:00am
Meet us at the old stone church on Suffolk Street as we leave Dublin travelling north to the royal county of Meath.

9.30am
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
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
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. We will pass through Slane Village home to Slane castle which is the home of the Earl of Mount Charles; Henry Conyngham. From the 1970's Slane castle holds one of the country’s biggest music festivals and over the years has hosted Queen, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Guns and Roses to name just a few.

2.45pm
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
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. After the tour you will have the oppertunity to join us for whiskey tasting and then have some free time to explore the town before we head back to Dublin.

5.15pm
We make our way back to Dublin with an arrival time of approximately 6pm