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Things to do in County Meath

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From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

1. From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

Join this tour for a day of time travel, visiting the Neolithic tombs of Loughcrew, the predominantly Iron Age Hill of Tara, the 7th Century Christian monastery of Fore Abbey, the Hill Of Uishneach (the spiritual center of Ireland), and the Anglo-Norman Trim castle.  This Celtic tour along Ireland’s Ancient East brings you to the historically significant Boyne valley situated in County Meath (the Royal County) from where the ancient High Kings of Ireland ruled. The ‘Hill of Uisneach’ is arguably one of Ireland's most important ancient sites. It is the point at which the five provinces of Ireland met and where their Kings would celebrate the ‘festival of the fires’.  Visitors can also view the site where St Fechin founded a Christian monastery in the 7th Century. It’s believed that before his death, 300 monks lived in the community. Later, the monastery was set on fire 12 times. Among the remains on site, visitors can see St Fechin’s church, built about 900 AD. Next head to Loughcrew, the site of multiple passage tombs from the Neolithic age that are 5000 years old. Get up close and personal to pre-history in these cairns with its still-intact rock art, lavishly decorating the inside walls (built more than 500 years before the first pyramids). You then travel to Trim castle, the best preserved, most impressive example of Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It offers a spectacular insight into the lives and traditions of the people from the middle ages. Then, visit The Hill of Tara, best known for having been the royal residence of the ancient High Kings that ruled Ireland in Celtic times and beyond. It is said that a quarter of Ireland’s landscape can be seen from this hill. Take in this spectacular vista before heading back to the capital.

From Dublin: Boyne Valley, Newgrange Celts and Castles Tour

2. From Dublin: Boyne Valley, Newgrange Celts and Castles Tour

The Boyne Valley and the Boyne River extend through the counties of Meath and Louth in the east of Ireland to the sea at Drogheda. Explore this historically important and wonderfully scenic area on a guided tour from Dublin. This tour includes your entrance fee and skip the queue at Newgrange Monument and Bru Na Boinne. Discover the sites and monuments in this area that date back over 5,000 years. Learn about the story of Ireland and the Irish people that can be traced back in this valley to the first Neolithic settlers and their megalithic tombs and to the Celts and their pagan beliefs. Visit Trim Castle, the largest Norman Castle in Ireland and film location of the movie "Braveheart". Proceed to visit the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Hear about the Viking Raids and the Norman Conquest of Hugh De Lacy. See the sites of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and the major Irish Rebellions of 1641 and 1798. Finally, head to Slane Castle, home of the Marquess Conyngham, and the site where U2 recorded the Unforgettable Fire album, before heading back to Dublin.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 878 reviews

Our tour guide David was lovely and very knowledgeable. I especially enjoyed his dark humor and his allowance for ample snacking time along the way. Although the conditions in Boyne Valley were a bit treacherous at first (I went on 30th September 2022, when many a hapless umbrella was lost to the violent wind), I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and was glad to have booked the tour.

Tour was excellent Joe was an informative and fun guide. Make sure you are reasonably fit in order to climb the Hill of Tara. The history and view are amazing.

This is not a popular tour, but we really enjoy it. Because we have a wonderful guide, he introduce many stories to us.

The tour is full of awesome sights and our guide kept us laughing while teaching us a lot about the history of the area

Our guide Johnathon was very informative & entertaining! Not one minute of our 10hr tour was boring. Thanks Johnathon!