Starts in Dublin / Ends in Dublin
Royal County: County Meath
Hill of Uisneacht
Explore the Hill of Tara
Celtic Boyne Valley Day Tour Itinerary
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.
8:30am : 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!
10:00am : 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 recognize 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.
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.
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.
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’.
6:00pm : Arrive back in Dublin
We arrive back in Dublin.