Tour code: 5299CELTIC
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

Heather H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We loved, loved, loved this tour! Our guide was fantastic, informative and engaging. The rich history, the preservation of the sites and the ability to explore them all was fun and fascinating. We enjoyed the little restaurant at Loughcrew and how the guide would stop at sites along the way to our next destination for photo opportunities and provide a little bit of background on it. We highly recommend this tour for the adventurous!

Barbara C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent Tour! Our tour guide Matthew was extremely knowledgeable. Beautiful drive. I would highly recommend this tour!

Mariel I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Jimmy was really good and fun. An excellent trip.

Candace A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an excellent tour that provided a very informative introduction to Celtic Ireland. Jim was an outstanding tour guide! He was knowledgeable, well-organized, and entertaining. Anyone planning on visiting Ireland who wishes to better understand its history and culture should take this tour.

ljwardus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Nice day, Nice pace.

Kent Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A great experience with guide Chris. So much I did not know about Ireland's past was explained very well.

Shane N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent: the driver, loughcrew tombs, Unscheduled stop to Bective abbey. It was excellent value for money - especially compared to the M.G new grange/Tara tour I did. However, we did not: get a guided tour around drogheda, go to Ardee, or even get into trim castle and #39;s keep. But I throughly enjoyed.

Helen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour guide which made to a wonderful trip. Darryl gave us so much history, showed us many little sites along the route and made it a fun day. This is a must do!

ALEEMA R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This tour was quite good. There are two things to note: the tour guide was quite punctual so if you are late you would be left behind!!!! Also wear suitable shoes... especially with grips because you will be doing a lot of walking up and down hills and it was quite slippery and muddy. I fell on the beginning of the tour and basically had to walk around with a huge mud stain on the back of my jeans. The tour guide Carolyn was quite knowledgeable on the history of Ireland. It was also engaging and fun. She made little jokes and played music on the tour to keep our interest from site to site. We also made a lot more stops than what is mentioned which was quite nice.I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who doesn't mind some walking.

Rich P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our trip was in November---All in all this was a terrific trip. Worth the money. Our guide was knowledgeable and pleasant. We will plan to do this again the next time we are in Dublin. Lovely countryside and comfortable bus. Very happy.

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