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Duration: 8 hrs 10 mins
is a world heritage site; it goes through the Counties of Meath and Louth in the east of Ireland with the Boyne River flowing through it to reach the sea at Drogheda.
It is without doubt Ireland’s most important historic area with sites and monuments that date back over 5000 years.
The story of Ireland and the Irish people can be traced back in this valley from the first early settlers of the Neolithic people and their megalithic tombs to the Celts, their mythology and their Pagan believes.
The Hill of Tara and the Ancient Seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Introduction of Christianity to Ireland and its early settlements.The Viking Raids and the Norman Conquest of Hugh De Lacy. The Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and the major Irish Rebellions of 1641 and 1798. These events have all left their unique stories and scars on this beautiful valley.
Apart from its important heritage the Boyne Valley is a truly wonderful area full of beauty, mystery and intrigue and a place you will never forget.
“So memorable in ancient history and so rich in monuments of the past is it…. that the history of Ireland might be written in tracing its banks’
(William Wilde, Father of Oscar Wilde - The Beauties of the Boyne, 1849)
About the Tour:
The tour will bring you from the center of Dublin towards the counties Meath and Louth.
Our 1st stop will be FourKnocks - a Passage Chamber Tomb built about 5000 years ago, we will be able to enter this tomb and see some of the early inscripted stones inside.
Along the way we will visit.
Hill of Tara: The Ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland, it also contains a number of ancient monuments.
Trim Castle: The largest Norman Castle in Europe. Founded by Hugh De Lacy in 12th Century.
The Hill of Slane: is steeped in myth and history, St Patrick and the introduction of Christianity.
Slane Castle: Home of the Marquess Conyngham, Family home since 1701.
Dowth: The Fairy Mound of Darkness, Dowth South is aligned to the setting sun of the winter solstice. 3000BC.
New Grange: A place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance - An Ancient Temple.
Knowth: and the other megalithic sites of the Boyne Valley were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Battle of the Boyne - 1690- A Battle for the throne of England between King James and William of Orange.
Monasterboice Monastery and it's wonderful high crosses, which was founded by Saint Buite approx 500 A.D.
Drogheda Town: Old Norman town on the mouth of the River Boyne, which was sacked by Oliver Cromwell during his vicious campaign in the 1640s in Ireland
The Boyne Valley is rich in Ireland’s History and Heritage and within such a short distance all this these places can viewed.
Which is why the Boyne Valley is known as a “Journey through time”.
Although we do not enter into Newgrange, we do how ever stop by it with plenty of time for pictures etc.
We spend approx 40 mins on Hill of Tara (Ancient seat of the high kings of Ireland.
Trim Castle we spend another 30 minutes. (Largest Norman Castle in Europe and film location of “Brave Heart”)
We drive into Slane Castle on the way and give plenty of more picture opportunities
We then have lunch in Slane Village.
We visit the Hill of Slane with another stop here.
We then go onto the Battle of the Boyne to visit this location with a short stop and history of one the shaping battles of Irish history and Europe.
We visit Monasterboice with a stop here for approx 20 minutes to view some of its incredible high crosses.
Finally we have a stop in Drogheda before making our way back to Dublin.
Return trip to all attractions.
Food and drink is not included but you can bring sandwiches.
There will be scheduled stops at locations where you can enjoy a lunch.
Bring clothing suitable for the Irish weather.