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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

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.

ELISE W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Best tour guide of all Viator trips. he was charming and fun and full of interesting info. Really appreciated the lengths he went to in order to get us inside the burial ground at Loughcrew, but the whole tour was great fun.

tara.b.redmond

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was more than I expected! I didn't realize the extent of this amazing tour! Caroline was our tour guide and Larry was our driver. We had an incredible time with them. Both very knowledgeable about everything! The scenery was breathtaking! Thank you very much for the incredible time!

Thomas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Highly recommend this tour. You see a lot. Our guide, Alec, was very good. You are on a mid-to-large size comfortable bus - not one of the regular, large size tour buses. You are not being slighted. The tour goes down a number of one lane roads, off the beaten track. I'm not sure one of the full size buses could even go where you are taken. The Loughcrew Celtic Tombs visit involves going into one of the tombs. The tomb is not as large as the one at Newgrange, but you do get to go down a passage to an enclosed, inner area. Also, the view from the hill where the tombs are located is spectacular. I had been to the Hill of Tara before with another tour company. The stop there on this tour was better. Alec provided a great deal of information on the importance of Tara. And, the tour includes more . . . Trim Castle, etc. Great value!

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

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