Book a unique private, personal tour into Ireland’s ancient past. Your Failte Ireland guide will collect you from your Dublin based hotel. This Celtic Boyne Valley tour includes; Newgrange, Hill of Slane, Monasterboice and the Battle of the Boyne.
Tour Highlights in brief
Newgrange is Ireland’s most famous pre-historic site; it is the finest example of a passage grave complex in Western Europe. This UNESCO world heritage site was constructed 3000 B.C., it predates both Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. You will have time to explore the interperative centre, before being taken to the monument for a fully guided tour.
The Hill of Slane has been associated with Christianity since the 5th century. It was the location of the Pascal fire lit by Saint Patrick on Easter Eve of the year 433 AD in defiance of the royal edict which forbid any other fires while a festival fire was burning on the Hill of Tara. From the Hill of Slane there are spectacular views across all of Ireland. Looking south we will see the Wicklow Mountains. Northern Ireland and the east coast can also be seen on a clear day.
Crowing ravens lend an eerie atmosphere at Monasterboice, this is an intriguing monastic site containing a cemetery, two ancient churches, one of the finest and tallest round towers in all Ireland.
The high crosses of Monasterboice are superb examples of Celtic art and are probably the finest examples in Europe.
An invading Viking force took over the settlement in 968, only to be comprehensively expelled by Donal, the Irish high king of Tara, who killed at least 300 of the Vikings in the process. The round tower, minus its cap, is over 30m tall, and stands in a corner of the complex. Records suggest the tower interior went up in flames in 1097, destroying many valuable manuscripts and other treasures.
Enjoy a fully personal guided tour through this spectacular location, your guide will explain in detail the individual panels carved onto these wonderful high crosses.
Your guide will provide you with local folk law, stories and history during your excurssion. They will point out the infamous and decisive Battle of the Boyne location at Oldbridge which took place on July 1st between King William III and his father-in-law, King James II.
Both kings personally commanded their armies in a battle, which saw the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. William's army consisted of 36,000 men with 25,000 on the Jacobite side. At stake in the battle were the British throne, French Dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland.
Book Boyne Valley Newgrange private personal tour from Dublin
Whats included -
- Pickup and return to your Dublin city hotel
- Failte Ireland approved tour guide
- Visit to Newgrange UNESCO world heritage site*
- Tour of Monasterboice with Ireland's world famouse High crosses
- Visit the Hill of Slane
- Mercedes Saloon car (suitable 1 - 4 persons)
- All tolls / parking fees
Total Cost for 2 - 7 persons €250.00
Whats not included -
- Refreshments / lunch
- Entrance fees at Newgrange (approx €6.00 per person*)
Departure time from Hotel - 0830 am return to Dublin 1300hrs