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  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
See the most ancient parts of Ireland on this full-day trip from Dublin to Boyne Valley. Travel through the counties of Meath and Louth and see primeval sights in places like Loughcrew, Trim and Ardee. Then, visit the Celtic High Cross of Muiredach in Monasterboice before exploring the historical town of Drogheda with your expert guide.

Highlights

  • Full-day Celtic trip from Dublin to Boyne Valley
  • Visit some of the oldest sites in Ireland with an expert local guide
  • See 6,000-year-old artwork carved in the passage tombs at Loughcrew
  • Stop in Louth County to view the Celtic High Cross of Muiredach in Monasterboice
  • Travel to the Hill of Tara from where the High Kings ruled the country 1,000 years ago
  • Explore Trim Castle (entry included) and take a walking tour of the historical town of Drogheda

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What You Can Expect

Celtic Heritage Day Trip from Dublin: Boyne Valley, Hill of Tara and Loughcrew Celtic Tombs

Celtic Heritage Day Trip from Dublin: Boyne Valley, Hill of Tara and Loughcrew Celtic Tombs

Leave Dublin by bus and embark on a full-day trip to Boyne Valley for a unique Celtic experience. Stop first in the County of Meath to explore the passage tombs at Loughcrew with your expert guide and view the 6,000-year-old artistic stone carvings that hold considerable historical importance for Ireland. After a scenic drive through Ireland's beautiful countryside, arrive in the old town of Trim. Take a guided tour of the famous Trim Castle, the largest, best-preserved and most impressive Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.

Travel farther to one of the most sacred sites of ancient Ireland‚ the Hill of Tara. A thousand years ago, the High Kings ruled the country from these grounds because a quarter of Ireland's landscape can be seen from a panoramic viewpoint here, making it the royal center of Ireland. After touring this area with your guide, pass through the town of Trim again and take time to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).

Then, drive through the village of Slane, stopping to take some photos of the incredible Slane Castle, before arriving just outside Ardee. Exit the bus at the ruins of the Jumping Church, a monument that has been the source of fascination for visitors and locals alike. It is said that the gable wall of the church jumped 3 feet (1 meter) inwards, excluding the grave of an excommunicated occupant outside the walls of the church. Whatever the real story is, it sure makes for an intriguing stop!

Next, head to one of Ireland's oldest and best-known religious sites -- Monasterboice. The Celtic High Cross of Muiredach is one of the finest high crosses in Ireland, and is regarded as a rare surviving example of Irish religious art.

The final stop of your tour is the historical town of Drogheda, where you will get a walking tour of the city. Afterwards, spend some free time exploring the meandering streets and check out the local shops and street stalls before relaxing on a scenic drive back to Dublin.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Let me first say that we travel frequently on our own throughout the world; therefore, we use Viator to see the places we want to visit and experience while in different locations. Viator leaders are always interesting, informative, and fun. We never waste precious vacation time on finding locations, and always learn many things we would not have if we had not taken a tour. Having said all that, this tour was no different . . . it was great! We experienced a wonderful, informative day with a great tour leader. Ireland is a beautiful country, and the Boyne Valley is full of Irish history. Wonderful photo-ops. This is the best way to see theBoyne Valley from Dublin . . . easy, comfortable, informative, convenient, fun, and saves time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Even though our bus broke down 15 minutes into the tour, we had a fantastic day. The transportation manager personally apologized to us, bought us coffee and snacks and later offered us a free night tour. Our tour guide/driver Kevin was amazing! He made sure we saw all the sites, gave us in depth information as he guided around each site and made sure our group was still back on time despite being an hour behind-this made sure my finance and I could make our flight home. The weather was great except for one bought of rain and our lunch was absolutely delicious! Our seats were reserved, the food was delicious and had great portion sizes. Our group was relatively small and we had each site almost all to ourselves, which was great! Fantastic experience :)

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