Celtic Tour of the Boyne Valley – Full day coach tour

Enjoy this full day excursion to the Boyne Valley operated by our coaching partners. This tour will bring groups to one of the most ancient parts of Ireland. County Meath is known as the Royal County, the place from which the High Kings of Ireland ruled the country.

This is a place steeped in history from the passage tombs at Loughcrew said to be even better than that of Newgrange. Inside groups will see artwork carved into the stones still visible after 5000 years.

A breathtaking drive through Ireland’s finest countryside will take the group to the old town of Trim. Here they will be taken on a guided tour of the famous Trim Castle, the largest, best preserved and most impressive Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. From there they will travel to the most sacred sites of ancient Ireland – The Hill of Tara. The High Kings ruled the country from this high ground; it was the royal centre of Ireland. It is said that a quarter of Ireland’s landscape can be seen from this hill.

Before the group leaves they will have some time to enjoy some lunch where they can gaze for hundreds of miles and admire the beautiful green landscape. Leaving Tara they will pass through the village of Slane.

Just outside Ardee they stop at ‘The Jumping Church’. This church has been the source of fascination by visitors and locals alike. The popular folklore says that the gable wall of the church jumped 3 feet moving an excommunicated occupant of a grave outside the walls of the church – whatever the real story is it makes for a fascinating stop.

One of the many things Ireland is famous for is the Celtic high cross. The Celtic High cross of Muiredach at Monasterboice is the finest High Cross in Ireland and is highly regarded as one of the best surviving examples of Irish religious art. Next stop before Dublin is a short visit to the historical town of Drogheda and the St Peter’s Church.

Itinerary

08.00 – Depart Dublin

09.45 – Loughcrew Passage Tomb

11.00 – Trim Castle

12.20 – Hill of Tara

14.30 – Monasterboice

15.30 – Drogheda Walking Tour

17.15 – Leave Drogheda

18.00 – Arrival back in Dublin

Tour includes

English speaking driver/guide and includes a visit to Loughcrew passage tomb, guided tour of Trim Castle, Hill of Tara, Monasterboice Monastery and a guided walking tour of Drogheda town and a visit to St Peter’s Church in Drogheda.

Duration

Full day tour – 10 hours.

Note

Check out our blog for a detailed review and our experience of this tour!