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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

steven.dunphy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent exposure to the Celtic history.
Be prepared to climb! Not recommenced for the infirm.

Philip C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Superb trip. Excellent guide. Do it.

Linda W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Got to see parts of Ireland that I had not seen before, and our driver, Derrick, was extremely knowledgeable and informative. Made for a great tour

Mary C S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very enjoyable trip. Lots of walking and some of it uphill but it was all beautiful and our tour guide was very informative.

gysl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Pleasant, lots of walking...

Amy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A wonderful day trip from Dublin full of historically funny stories and Celtic marvels. I highly recommend this trip.

VF United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent introduction to Irish historic sites. Liam literally will climb mountains for his group! Thanks!

Barbara J. H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very interesting trip! The sites were awesome and so amazing to see such old historical things. The guide Wayne was very informative and entertaining! Very nice tour!

Brenda Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A beautiful and informative tour. Jim, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and quite humorous a pretty decent driver as well. The sites were gorgeous including a unscheduled stop at an ancient abbey along the way. The Boyne Valley is so picturesque although with quite the bloody history. The Celtic tombs were amazing, we were able to go into one which was guarded by local historians. Well worth the time and money :D I left with a thirst for more in depth knowledge of Irish history.

William O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great bus, great knowledgable and fun driver, amazing historic sites and back on time.

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