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Highlights:

ANCIENT EAST

  • Hill of Tara
  • Newgrange
  • Trim Castle
  • Slane Castle
  • Battle of the Boyne

Interests:

Heritage, Castles & Countryside

Approximate Tour Duration:

6-8 hours with picture opportunities, visits, and a suggested lunch stop. The optimal start time would be between 9 am & 10 am.

Departure from any pick up in the greater Dublin area

Summary of “Ancient Ireland”

Join us as we travel into the lush grassland of County Meath, and right back into the very history of this land. Tara, the seat of the High Kings in Ireland, and the most important centre of religious and political power in pre-Christian Ireland. Hear stories of the “Stone of Destiny” which is reported to have screamed its approval on the inauguration of a worthy High-King. St Patrick and The Shamrock are just two stories in this rich tapestry of Irish history.

As we leave Tara we cross the River Boyne and hear the fascinating history of the Battle of Boyne in 1690. Trim, a Heritage Town and home to King John’s Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman Castle in Ireland (Part of the movie Braveheart, was shot here).

One of THE most important visits in Ireland awaits us, as we head for Bru na Boinne and Newgrange in particular. This is a Neolithic (New Stone Age) passage grave built around 3200 BC, five hundred years before the Pyramids in Egypt. One of the most amazing features of Newgrange is the roof box, a small opening above the doorway, it is precisely aligned so as to catch the rays of the rising sun on the morning of the winter solstice, 21st December the shortest day of the year, which illuminates the inner chamber for about twenty minutes. Newgrange was designed by a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.