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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

Carole P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved this tour and tour guide. Very informative and very knowledgeable. Stopped for lunch and was told about 3 or 4 places to eat with a great variety to choose from. Highly recommend this tour group.

Peggy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was one of the best tours, crammed with history, that we took on our recent trip to Ireland. Our guide was amazing and full of factual detail. He took us to Bective Abbey, which wasn't on the scheduled tour, because it was on the way - beautiful site. My spouse and I have some mobility issues, so getting in and out of the van was somewhat difficult. A step stool would have been helpful. Please note that there is a great deal of walking and very steep hills to climb on this tour it is not a trip for anyone who has serious mobility issues. We were able to do all except the hill at Loughcrew. I recently had a knee replacement and was only able to get about 2/3 of the way up to the site however, if we had had more time, I surely would have been able to get to the top. The total trip took about 10 hours. If you love ancient and religious history, you will love this tour.

kwalpole

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was GRAND! We loved that we spent so much time off the bus exploring and learning about the culture and history of the area. Our guide Derrick was accommodating knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great day in the Irish countryside.

Eric D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Despite on and off rain, this was a tremendous tour. We saw so many amazing sites as part of the tour - the Hill of Tara, Loughcrew Tombs, Monasterboice, and Trim Castle - but our driver/guide also pointed out a number of other fascinating places along the way including Newgrange and Becktive Abbey. The guide was personable and knowledgeable. He also took great care of his tourists - we had two very old ladies and one young woman with who were challenged by walking the steep climbs but our guide made sure to stay with them, encouraging them and keeping them engaged in the trip. He went out of his way to make sure that we all were able to experience the many wonderful sites this trip offered. The only thing I wish we had been able to do was to go into Newgrange. But that's just another reason to go back to Ireland!

finkel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour guide and fascinating sites.

Margaret K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour!! Great tour guide, Derek very informative and friendly. Very comfortable size group of only 15. Tour included a great balance of scenery, small villages, history. Highly recommend this tour.

Victoria L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a fantastic day discovering ancient Ireland. A very knowledgeable guide and a small group made for a perfect day. Beware, there are some fairly serious hills to climb, but totally worth it when you arrive

Corinna G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great guide. Adequate time at each site! Highly recommend.

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!

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