5 star rating: Highly Recommended 171 Reviews

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  • Location:Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

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

Travel through mystical Celtic Ireland on this full-day bus tour from Dublin! With an expert guide, journey back in time to Boyne Valley, home of the ancient Loughcrew Celtic Tombs, the Hill of Tara, and the town of Drogheda, a hotbed of archeological treasures. Along the way, view primeval sites across Meath and Louth counties, and stop to admire the elaborate Celtic High Cross of Muiredach. 

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

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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

Your Celtic adventure begins bright and early at Suffolk Street in Dublin, where you will meet your coach for the full-day tour to Boyne Valley. Be sure to grab your own breakfast for the ride north to your first destination – the remarkable Loughcrew Cairns passage tombs. Walk through the winding stone passageways with your knowledgable guide and ponder the 6,000-year-old petroglyphs that adorn the walls.

Next head to the ancient town of Trim, just a short ride through Ireland’s picturesque countryside. See the famous Trim Castle set along the River Boyne. Constructed in the 1170s, this monument remains the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Continue east of Trim to the Hill of Tara, one of Ireland’s most prized archeological gems and sacred sites. Used as far back as the Stone Age for rituals and festivals, the Hill of Tara is revered as the ceremonial seat of the Celtic High Kings from the 1st-century AD  through to the 1100s. Explore some of the ancient monuments, then head back to Trim for some free time to stroll and grab some lunch (own expense).

After lunch, travel north past the gorgeous 18th-century Slane Castle en route to Ardee, where you’ll visit the Jumping Wall, a 14th-century monument imbibed with an intriguing (and humorous) origin myth. Then continue to Monasterboice to view the magnificent Celtic High Cross of Muiredach, considered by some as the most beautiful existing specimen of Celtic stonework. 

The last leg of your excursion is a walking tour through ancient Drogheda. Hear about the town’s rich and turbulent history stretching back to the early 900s with Danish settlement. After the tour, explore some of the local shops and cultural sights independently before boarding the bus back to Dublin. Your tour returns to the starting point on Suffolk Street in the evening. 
 

Customer Reviews

Nora L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Nothing less than great. Darren was a great guide, he knows a lot about the subject, and we had a bonus, since he made us enter the Trim castle through an aquaintance of his, who is in the Castle staff. Darren and the driver were very willing and kind, and made us get to know amazing places.

Kim L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a great tour, with lots of history. The Hill of Tara was amazing, lots of history to take in. We were also lucky with the weather for our tour, blue sky's all day and there was an amazing sunrise over the valley and the site when we arrived, just beautiful. The Loughcrew Tombs are perched on top a hill, so for me it was an amazing walk up this green steep hillside maybe not so for my Mum to see these tombs with the historical significance in time. The walk was absolutely worth it. We then proceeded onto lunch at the town where the tour guide was from, which was interesting, as there was nothing to do there, except eat at the pub. Mum and I found this on a number of tours we went on with Extreme Ireland, that the tour guide took you to his hometown, dropped you at a pub or attraction and off they went home to visit family. As we are paying for the tour and to see highlights of this area, the tour guides should be taking us to the sights and best areas to eat, rather than their home towns. Overall, the history we learnt on the tour was great. Just wished the Trim Castle was open to explore at the time...

tammy.peek

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was my favorite day trip. It was relaxing and our guide really knew her stuff. The drive beautiful!!

David A M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Jim was a fabulous tour guide! He was interesting, funny, and personable. We had a wonderful day in the Irish countryside!! We highly recommend Jim's tour!

Lynette M. B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour was a delight. We had the most awful weather which was becoming more and more discouraging, but our guide was knowledgeable, fun and kept our spirits up during the daylong drenching. Great value for your money!

Luke H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Outstanding overview of Ireland's Celtic history. Our guide was Darren and he did a great job of giving us the necessary context to appreciate the sites as well as keeping us moving. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone else visiting Ireland and looking for something a little different.

Chris P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

If you want a sense of irish history, this is the tour. Very little bus time compared to most tours. Lots of time exploring, with a nice mix of town, castle, and ancient Bronze Age. If you have time for only one tour and want to get off the bus and dig into deep Irish roots, this is the one.

Theresa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great day trip, with lots of content. We especially liked Trim Castle and the Loughcrew Celtic tombs. It was quite a climb to Loughcrew, but worth it.

Dawn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Really Great Experience.....Do Go!

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was an outstanding tour. The itinerary was excellent, and the guide was well organized, very knowledgeable, articulate, and easy to understand.

Highly recommended!

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