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Extreme Ireland - Celtic Tour

Extreme Ireland / Irish Day Tours

Activity Type: Coachtour, Sightseeing

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday

Arrival Time: tours depart 8:00am (Pick-up time), arrival 15min prior to departure, Drop Off 6:00pm (Approx)

Departure Location: Old Stone Church, Suffolk St.

Minimum required: 5 people

Languages Available: English

Description: 

The  Celtic Boyne Valley day Tour brings you to the  historically significant Boyne valley situated in

County Meath - the Royal County -  from where the ancient High Kings of Ireland ruled. Join us on a

day of time travel, visiting the Neolithic tombs of Loughcrew, The predominantly Iron Age Hill of

Tara, Christian/ Golden era Monasterboice with its well preserved high crosses , Anglo-Norman Trim

castle, as well as a visit to the town of Drogheda all in a day- Phew!

 

Loughcrew is the site of multiple passage tombs from the Neolithic age, situated on 3 hills

overlooking the rolling Irish landscape, and is a magical place! Being off the beaten track (we walk up

a hill / small roads to get there) this site is an undiscovered gem, and much quieter than the more

commercialised tombs such as Newgrange and Knowth. 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.

We will follow a scenic route through lovely countryside to Trim Castle. Trim castle is 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, so it comes as no surprise

that it was used as a backdrop to the movie Braveheart amongst others.

Next we travel to The Hill of Tara, which is 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. Let your imagination go and picture an ancient Ireland where

Neolithic man would worship on these sacred hills, or where Celtic contenders would be confirmed

as High King when the “Stone of Destiny” roars.

Monasterboice is a monastic settlement, dating from the 6 th Century, featuring some of Ireland’s best

preserved Celtic high crosses , an old bell tower and ancient church ruins – all in a peaceful

countryside setting. The Celtic high crosses here are some of the best examples of the religious art

sculpted on rock, used by the monks to instruct the pagan Irish about Christianity.    

Finally you get an informative and interesting walking tour of the historic town of Drogheda . This

town has held back many attackers but was sacked by Oliver Cromwell, and is home to the severed

head of Saint Oliver Plunkett - a martyr for the Catholic faith, still today to be seen in St Peter’s

church. After your walk you will head back to Dublin.

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