Departs Dublin Tourism on Suffolk Street, outside the old stone church at 8:00 am daily
Please arrive 10 mins before departure!
Adult €35 euro
Student/OAP €30 euro
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 6000 year old artwork carved into the stone. We also visit the old town of Trim where you will get the chance to walk around 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 from before we take a photo stop a Slane Castle, home of the famous aristocrat Henry Conyngham, Earl of Mount Charles. Other highlights of this tour include the mystifying 'jumping church' and Monisterboise, famous for its many high crosses and round towers.
Meet us at the old stone church on Suffolk Street as we leave Dublin travelling north to the royal county of Meath.
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 6,000 years ago.
Enjoy a breathtaking drive through Irish countryside to our stop at Trim Castle. Here you will get the chance to walk through this 800 year old Anglo-Norman castle. You may recognise it from some of the best fight scenes in thefilm 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.
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. You're guide will give you all the historic information about this amazing site on your trip. We will have lunch in Tara before departingto our next stop.
We will make a photo stop at 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.
An unusual stop follows Slane castle as we reach the jumping church. This is a site of mystery since 1715 as nobody knows if the phenomenon of the church is natural or supernatural. The legend goes that a once great and prominent member of the local community was given the great honour of being buried within the church, however, he was later discovered to have a dark and sinister past and thus was excommunicated from the church. The following morning the gable wall of the church in which he was buried is said to have jumped 3 feet forward fully intact leaving the disgraced man outside of the church walls. Decide for yourself but this is one stop not to be missed!
Next we visit the highly religious site of Monisterboice 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 Monisterboise was founded by SaintBuite and holds the second highest round tower in Ireland. We spend 20 mins here until we head towards our final stop of the tour.
You will have approximately 2 hours in Drogheda where we will be met by a local tour guide who 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 Oliver St. Plunkett and hear the stories of Oliver Cromwell. After the tour you will have one hour to freely explore the town before we head back to Dublin.
We make our way back to Dublin with an arrival time of approximately 6pm