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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

William R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Loved every aspect of the trip no complains here!

Linda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our tour guide, Alex, was so knowledgeable! It was a fantastic tour. So much history to learn. Alex kept the tour stops on-time and kept the group moving during this 10 hour tour. I highly recommend this experience if you love history!! Wear comfortable shoes. This tour is not for children.

Douglas C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour! Alexander -- our tour guide was wonderful -- very knowledgable and knew his history. He also had a wonderful sense of humor. Highly recommend this tour

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was our favorite tour. Our guide David was extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable and made it fun for all, even though it rained part of the day of the tour. The ancient history was fascinating, especially the 5000 year old cairn. However, this is not a good tour for those who are mobility challenged- there is quite a bit of uphill hiking. Those who can do it though are rewarded by amazing views of the Irish countryside.

Patty A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Good variety of activities, lots of neat stuff to see. It's a great way to see a lot of sights comfortably and inexpensively.

shaun_s_brown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Definitely one of the best tours I've taken, anywhere. Darren was personable, knowledgeable, unpretentious, yet professional.

Stephanie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was fabulous! There was so much to see and so much to learn!

Sharon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was worth doing and I would highly recommend! First of all, only the locals know where to see what, how to get around, and fascinating details along the way. Tours are not always the best way to see the sights but for this one, without a doubt the best way to see the most!

Kimberly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Derek the driver/guide was fantastic. He was so knowledgeable. I definitely recommend this tour if you want to see some gorgeous scenery and learn some Irish history along the way.

David W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great trip and good guide.

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