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Overview

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 Uishneacht, and the Hill of Tara—a hotbed of archaeological 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 a 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
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 Hill of Uisneacht. Your guide tells you about the importance of this ancient site before moving on to the Loughcrew Cairns passage tombs.

At the Loughcrew Cairns passage tombs, walk through the winding stone passageways with your knowledgeable guide and ponder the 6,000-year-old petroglyphs that adorn the walls.

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 archaeological 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.

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. 

Next, board the bus back to Dublin. Your tour returns to the starting point on Suffolk Street in the evening.

Reviews

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C
, Oct 2018

Nev was a perfect guide across all the great sites we visited. When we reached the final site, Marty was a wonderful guide for the hill of Uishneacht.

g
, Sep 2018

The driver was very courteous and informative. His knowledge of the area was impressive. He went above and beyond expectations leading us to all the historic sites.

p
, Aug 2018

Great trip, so interesting with details on the history of the island and unique opportunities to see hidden treasures of Ireland!

R
, Jul 2018

The tour takes in 4 sites: The hill of Tara, the Norman castle in Trim, the neolithic site at Louhcrew and the site at the ‘Hill of Uisneacht’, where there is a yearly fire festival.
The hill at Tara was interesting and the associated coffee shop served a great omelette, with excellent service. The castle was also impressive, though the ‘guided’ tour was actually ‘self guided’. Trim itself is small and quaint. Loughcrew was a steep climb but worth it for the artifacts and the stunning view. The guide at Uisneacht was enthusiastic but a bit scant on facts and there was little to see. Barry, our driver, was helpful and accommodating.

d
, May 2018

Enoyed hearing and seeing the history of Ireland

s
, May 2018

Wonderful trip, wonderful guide, and a wonderful time.

d
, May 2018

We booked the title of this tour in February 2018 for scheduled April 2018 tour. Apparently in March the contracted company changed some of the tour activities. We still had the same contact phone and email and were not notified of the change. We went on the tour because the van driver had our name and we knew the title of the tour. Apparently we were supposed to ask what was included as we boarded the van. When I wrote to viator after the tour, we were told that because we went on the tour there could be no refund on compensation. What were we supposed to do when we were out in the country side? I am most disappointed that we were not informed of the change prior to the tour or even the fact that the contracted company would have known that we booked the tour prior to the tour changes. Surely the tour operator could have told us prior to the start of the tour. Very poor management- or either Viator or the Contracted Tour- which ever -the results were the same for us. I encourage anyone who uses viator to contact them shortly before a tour to confirm the activities and confirm whether it is a contracted tour.

V
, Apr 2018

The Ancient Celtic tour was lovely. Our tour guide Caroline from the west coast of Ireland was top notch! Not only was she very knowledgable about ancient and neolithic Irish history, she is passionate about the topic, and her passion was infectious. She also kept our time on the bus between destinations interesting: she had hand-made playlists of Irish songs from the top 5 famous Irish artists, she taught us how to sing other famous Irish tunes, and told many jokes. She made the tour very personal by learning everyones name and where they were from.

I enjoyed learning about ancient Celtic Ireland. Please note that one of the sites Loughcrew to the ancient tomb has a very long walk uphill that is quite steep, steeper than any other tour Ive been on. But the reward is entering a neolithic tomb from before the ancient Egyptian pyramids were constructed 4,000 BC. Also, bring sturdy shoes you dont mind getting dirty because of the mud or muck. All in all, a very enjoyable tour!

B
, Apr 2018

This tour was exceptional - I would give it 100 stars if I could. Our guide David was relaxed, kind and friendly, and he is also a trained archaeologist with amazing insight into both the prehistoric and historic time periods of Ireland's human settlement. He knew of several historic sites along the way that we were visit to see in addition to what was formally listed on the tour. We had originally planned to visit Drogheda for a walking tour, but ended up swapping it for another UNESCO world heritage site instead - excellent maneuver! This tour was wonderful from start to finish. Small bus, flexible driver and comfortable ride. No rushing from site to site - we were able to take as much time as we liked and ask lots of questions. Beautiful scenery along the way. Also, because of the tour flexibility and rural nature of the sites, we saw lots of birds and other wildlife. You will be missing out if you don't opt for this experience - best tour of the 3 we took on our trip. I just wish our other 2 tours were with this company. We'll know better for next time!

S
, Apr 2018

This tour was fantastic and Rob was a great guide. If you are interested in history and/or archaeology, go on this trip! It is well worth it.


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