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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. 


  • 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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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

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.

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Really Great Experience.....Do Go!

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Pick-up location was well explained and convenient, as it was located in city center.

The driver / guide Janet was on-site, checking tour participants in when we arrived at 7:40 am. She was knowledgeable about the history of the Boyne Valley area. I was disappointed that we didn't get to see Newgrange or Knowth, but by substituting Loughcrew as a similar underground passageway tomb for these ancient tombs we avoided the crowds of tourists who stop to visit these places. Additional bonuses included a stop at Bective Abbey, time spent at Trim Castle, a delightful lunch in Navan, and a walking tour through parts of Drogheda including a look at historic St. Patrick's Cathedral. I recommend this as a wonderful way to get a sense for the history of the Boyne Valley area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great guide, she was really informative and nice, kept a good pace and we had time to enjoy everything. The Celtic tombs were a surprise, not only did you see the tombs but the view of the countryside was amazing we had a clear day. A good tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My guide was great. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent selection of sights, and a couple of unplanned stops along the way, following the interests of the customers - excellent and personable driver and tour guide. Would definitely do another one like this.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

OMG, the tour guide was the best we have ever had. He was certainly knowledgeable about Ireland history, he sang to us and he was just GREAT...we had a blast on this tour and we learned so much. I could have ridden with him on any tour...great tour, interesting, fun and I cannot say enough about our tour guide. I will be sure to use you whenever I go on tours anywhere.

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