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Celtic Boyne Valley Day Trip from Dublin

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Celtic Boyne Valley Day Trip from Dublin

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
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Overview

Travel through mystical Celtic Ireland on this full-day bus tour from Dublin! With an expert guide, journey back in time to Boyne Valley, home of the ancient Loughcrew Celtic Tombs, the Hill Of Uishneacht, and the Hill of Tara—a hotbed of archaeological treasures. Along the way, view primeval sites across Meath and Louth counties.
  • Full-day Celtic trip from Dublin to Boyne Valley
  • Visit some of the oldest sites in Ireland with a guide
  • See 6,000-year-old artwork carved in the passage tombs at Loughcrew
  • Travel to the Hill of Tara from where the High Kings ruled the country 1,000 years ago
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Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees
Lunch

Departure Point

Suffolk St, Dublin 2, D02 KX03, Ireland

Please be there 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your Celtic adventure begins bright and early the Molly Malone Statue in Dublin, where you will meet your coach for the full-day tour to Boyne Valley. Be sure to grab your own breakfast for the ride north to your first destination, the Hill of Tara. Your guide tells you about the importance of this site before you move on to Trim.

Head to the ancient town of Trim, just a short ride through Ireland’s picturesque countryside. See the famous Trim Castle set along the River Boyne. Constructed in the 1170s, this monument remains the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.

Then, at the Loughcrew Cairns passage tombs, walk through the winding stone passageways with your knowledgeable guide and ponder the 6,000-year-old petroglyphs that adorn the walls.

Continue to the Fore Abbey, a 7th-century Christian monastery, and the Hill of Uisneach, arguably one of the most important ancient site in Ireland today.

Next, board the bus back to Dublin. Your tour returns to the starting point in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Molly Malone Statue
We meet at the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street. You will board our comfortable coach, meet your guide and fellow travellers and then sit back and relax as we head out of Dublin and head west to our first visit.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hill of Tara (Temair)
The most sacred site of Ancient Ireland is the Hill of Tara, and this is where we head next. An important and historic site in the Boyne Valley region, it was the center of the country in a sense as the High Kings ruled Ireland from this very site. From the hill, there is a lovely view of the surrounding area. It is said that a quarter of Ireland’s countryside is visible from this hill.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Trim Castle
It wouldn’t be a drive through the Irish countryside without seeing lush and picturesque landscapes. The scenery is breathtaking as we head to the town of Trim, home to an impressive and well-preserved Anglo-Norman castle. Trim Castle is the largest castle of its type in Ireland. With a castle so well preserved and with such stunning grounds, Hollywood would be hard-pressed to find something better! You will have time to explore the sprawling castle and grounds. This is a fantastic photo opportunity. Your guide will give you information in relation to the history of this fascinating castle and the surrounding area.
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Loughcrew Cairns
Next to Loughcrew, the site of multiple passage tombs from the Neolithic age 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.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Fore Abbey
St Fechin founded a Christian monastery in the 7th Century. It’s believed that before his death, 300 monks lived in the community. Among the remains, visitors can see St Fechin’s church, built about 900. In this area The area is famous for its seven wonders which include, the monastery in the bog, the mill without a race, the water that flows uphill, the tree that has three branches/the tree that won’t burn, the water that won’t boil, the anchorite in a stone and the stone/lintel raised by St Fechin’s prayers.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Extreme Ireland
Arrive back in Dublin at 6.15pm.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour is guided in English, however we do offer a free app that can be downloaded that has translations.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Irish Day Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Celtic Boyne Valley Day Trip from Dublin?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Celtic Boyne Valley Day Trip from Dublin?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Celtic Boyne Valley Day Trip from Dublin?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Celtic Boyne Valley Day Trip from Dublin.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Celtic Boyne Valley Day Trip from Dublin?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Amazing experience
Rosanna_M
, Nov 2021
Such an amazing experience, I'm still speechless. Mark, our driver and tour guide, has been amazing. Such a good person, with such a deep knowledge and passion for his country . This tour is highly recommended.
star-3
Boyne Valley Tour
Chris_S
, Nov 2021
A lot of wasted time looking for deer and spent an hour and 45 minutes in the town of Fore with nothing to do, see or have lunch. It was cold because the sun was setting. This was a wasted trip. I'm sure there was a lot to see in the Boyne Valley if we were offered the chance.
star-5
Places of power and history
Alex_D
, Nov 2021
The daytrip schedule was very well thought out and Harry was a wonderful driver and guide, very welcoming and approachable. We had a great experience visiting places of power and full of history, some of the views were breathtaking and there is no way we could have gotten to see and experience them if it was not for the tour. We had a great day overall and it felt adventurous. We would totally recommend this to anyone interested in Irish culture, myths and history, and it pairs very well with a visit to the National Museum of Archeology before or after the trip, as Harry recommended us. Definitely did good wearing trekking shoes since some of the places can be quite hard to get to, especially if you want to explore around and take great pictures (totally worth it though) Thank you Harry!
star-5
Mark is very knowledgeable
Ann_B
, Nov 2021
We enjoyed our leisurely tour with Mark. He explained what we were about to see on the way there to give us more free time at each site. He made himself available to answer questions at the sites too. The walk to Lough Crew was a challenge for me but worth the effort. The view was just beautiful. I would definitely take a tour with him again
star-1
Pay and Don't Get to Go
Jack_F
, Nov 2021
Viator cancelled this trip, and asked me to rebook. I responded, and I didn't hear back. So, I paid for a trip I didn't get.
star-5
Fantastic experience
Peter_K
, Nov 2021
It was a fantastic experience visiting the Historical sites, especially Loughcrew which was magical. The tour guide Barry was really friendly also and he really knew his stuff. He kept us entertained throughout the tour. Highly recommend for those interested in Irish history and mythology.
star-5
The climb and spectacular...
Junko_K
, Nov 2021
The climb and spectacular views from Loughcrew cairns. Rudy’s knowledge and stories of the Boyle valley were deep and memorable and his enthusiasm was infectious. Cairn T was the highlight on a perfect day, but each of the sites visited would have merited accolades on its own. In addition, Rudy was an experienced and safe driver, which was much appreciated! Highly recommend this tour!!
star-5
Amazing Day, A Must See!
KatherineBarnard
, Nov 2021
Amazing day excursion with my boys! Mr. Macdara went above and beyond to share both history and humor to make this an unforgettable bucket list experience for my family. We are truly grateful. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ~ SLAINTE!!
star-5
Fantastic tour of fascinating sites
Jeremy_S
, Nov 2021
Mark was a brilliant guide. He was dreply knowledgable but also entertaining and with a good sense of humour. The sights we saw were incredible, and despite some traditional Irish weather, I really enjoyed the tour.
star-5
Wonderful insight into Ireland's history
Deborah_S
, Oct 2021
This was a great experience, particularly if you're interested in the Neolithic age. There is so much history in the castle & abbey which we visited. Our driver/tour guide was a fantastic wealth of knowledge!

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