Travel farther to one of the most sacred sites of ancient Ireland‚ the Hill of Tara. A thousand years ago, the High Kings ruled the country from these grounds because a quarter of Ireland's landscape can be seen from a panoramic viewpoint here, making it the royal center of Ireland. After touring this area with your guide, pass through the town of Trim again and take time to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).
Then, drive through the village of Slane, stopping to take some photos of the incredible Slane Castle, before arriving just outside Ardee. Exit the bus at the ruins of the Jumping Church, a monument that has been the source of fascination for visitors and locals alike. It is said that the gable wall of the church jumped 3 feet (1 meter) inwards, excluding the grave of an excommunicated occupant outside the walls of the church. Whatever the real story is, it sure makes for an intriguing stop!
Next, head to one of Ireland's oldest and best-known religious sites -- Monasterboice. The Celtic High Cross of Muiredach is one of the finest high crosses in Ireland, and is regarded as a rare surviving example of Irish religious art.
The final stop of your tour is the historical town of Drogheda, where you will get a walking tour of the city. Afterwards, spend some free time exploring the meandering streets and check out the local shops and street stalls before relaxing on a scenic drive back to Dublin.
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Celtic Heritage Day Trip from Dublin: Boyne Valley, Hill of Tara and Loughcrew Celtic Tombs
- Local guide
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Guided walking tour of Drogheda Town
- Guided tour of Trim Castle (Entrance fee included, excluding keep)
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Child seats must be provided by parent or guardian
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: steven.dunphy, September 2016
Excellent exposure to the Celtic history.
Be prepared to climb! Not recommenced for the infirm.
Reviewed by: Philip C, September 2016
Superb trip. Excellent guide. Do it.