Celts and Castles Tour of the Boyne Valley.
Costs: Adults: €35pp
Seniors(60+) Students (With ID), Children (5 -16): €32
Pickup Point: 9:20am AIB Bank Upper O'Connell St – (Opposite the Gresham Hotel)
There is a 3% booking fee
The Boyne Valley 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.
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. Film location of "Brave Heart"
- 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.
- New Grange: A place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance - An Ancient Temple. (We do not enter Newgrange)
- Knowth: and the other megalithic sites of the Boyne Valley were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
- Monasterboice Monastery: and it's wonderful high crosses, which was founded by Saint Buite approx 500 A.D.
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)
Review - May 21st 2017
“Eamon was a fascinating, hilarious tour guide on my favorite Irish day”
Visiting ancient tombs, Trim Castle and the Hill of Tara with Hill Top Treks
was an incredible highlight of my week in Ireland. The tour guide, Eamon,
was insightful,extremely knowledgeable and kept all of us in the van
laughing the whole time. I enjoyed seeing the winding back roads and scenery
that were generally out of bounds when I took a bus tour of the Emerald Isle
given by a larger tourist company the rest of the week. I'll definitely book
other tours with Hill Top Treks if I ever return to Ireland."
There is a 3% booking fee