Tour Code: 36548P1
Duration: 9 hours
Join this small-group tour (maximum 14 people) and travel back 6,000 years to ancient Ireland where you will visit Megalithic temples, Iron Age Royal Coronation sites, sacred mounds, holy wells, Fairy Trees and Norman Castles. Highlights of the tour include visits to Newgrange (or Knowth monument dependent on availability), Bective Abbey,Trim Castle and the Hill of Tara. Your guide will introduce you to the Gods, Goddesses and heroes of Irish mythology and the fascinating world of Celtic spirituality, Paganism, Druidism and Celtic Christianity on this one-day tour.
Departng Dublin at 8am, you will meet your guide at the Gresham Hotel on O,Connell St in central Dublin and depart for the Boyne Valley Megalithic Temples/Tombs. After approximately 1.25 hours you will arrive at Boyne Valley Interpretive Centre, the Unesco World Heritage Site where you will visit the Newgrange Interpretive Centre. Tour the Newgrange or Knowth Temple and stop for a coffee before boarding the bus to travel on to the next destination. Please note, entrance to Newgrange/ Knowth is at own expense (approx. 7 Euros). (Depending on availability, Newgrange may be substituted with a visit to Knowth monument).
At approximately 11:30am you will leave the Boyne Valley Centre for the drive to Bective Abbey where we will spend time explore the ruins and then on to Trim Castle. Scenes for the movie Braveheart were shot here. Enjoy a tour of the castle which is the finest example of a Norman castle in Ireland, before enjoying a delicious lunch the Trim Castle Hotel (own expense).
At approximately 2:30pm you will depart Trim Castle for the Hill of Tara, arriving at around 3pm. Here you will take a Hill of Tara tour that includes the Mound of the Hostages, the Stone of Destiny, Fort of the Kings (Coronation place of the High Kings of Ireland), the Well of the White Calf and the Fairy Tree. You will spend approximately two hours here and then depart for Dublin at around 5pm.
The tour will conclude back at the Gresham Hotel on O,Connell St. in Dublin at around 6pm.