Day Tour of the Boyne Valley – Newgrange
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)
Pickup for this tour is at 09:20am the AIB Bank on Upper O’Connell Street
Please be 10 minutes early
Comfortable walking shoes. (There is not too much walking)
Rain gear just in case.
Q. Is there a stop for Lunch,
A. Yes we stop for lunch along the way (not included in cost)
Q. Do we enter Newgrange monument
A. No we do not enter the Newgrange Monument but we do visit Fourknocks which is smaller and we have this to ourselves usually
Q. How do I recognise your tour bus
A. All our buses are white and have “Hilltoptreks” written on them