Hilltop Treks - Celts and Castles - Boyne Valley
Activity Type: Scenic and Cultural Tour
Tour Runs: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (March to October)
Pickup Locations: (passengers need to be there 15min prior to departure)
9:20am AIB Bank Upper O'Connell St – (Opposite the Gresham Hotel)
Event Duration: Approximately 8hours
Languages Available: English
What is included in the price: Day Tour and Entrance into Trim Castle
Description: Celts and Castles / Tour of the Boyne Valley.
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.
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)
About the Tour: 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.
The Hill of Slane: is steeped in myth and history, St Patrick and the introduction of Christianity.
Dowth: The Fairy Mound of Darkness, Dowth South is aligned to the setting sun of the winter solstice. 3000BC.
New Grange: A place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance - An Ancient Temple.
Knowth: and the other megalithic sites of the Boyne Valley were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Battle of the Boyne - 1690- A Battle for the throne of England between King James and William of Orange.
Monasterboice Monastery and it's wonderful high crosses, which was founded by Saint Buite approx 500 A.D.
Drogheda Town: Old Norman town on the mouth of the River Boyne, which was sacked by Oliver Cromwell during his vicious campaign in the 1640s in Ireland