Extreme Ireland - Celtic Tour
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
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.