The Boyne Valley Tour
Collection from your hotel / meeting point and head straight for The Hill of Tara: This ancient site, and one of Ireland's premier attractions, was the symbolic seat of Ireland's High Kings until the 11th century.
Ring forts can be seen but unfortunately some were damaged by English searching for the Ark of the Covenant. It once had religious importance but this faded in Christian times. Learn more by popping into the new visitor centre, the excellent audio-visual representation in the Visitor Center, a disused church, will help you come to grasp with the history and mythology of Tara. The Hill of Tara is well worth a visit.
We then make for Drogheda for a lunch-time stop.
Drogheda is one of Ireland's oldest and most historical towns. Its history extends back to the arrival of the Celts in Ireland. Drogheda is associated with an extraordinary number of significant events in the history of Ireland - The Battle of the Boyne, St Oliver Plunkett, Poynings Law, Cromwell's Siege and the surrender of the Irish Chieftains to the English King. This is an ideal setting to relax and have some lunch.
We can then take your group to the historic ruins of Monasterboice, an early Christian settlement situated north of Drogheda. The ruins include a Round Tower and, most famous are the three High Crosses. These crosses date back to the 10th Century. Of the same time are the West and North Crosses, which also show great craftsmanship, but have been weathered over time. The Round Tower is 35 metres tall and is in incredible condition. From the top a remarkable view can be seen for many miles, even up to the Mourne Mountains, and so we here end our tour, safely back at your pick up destination.
The next stop, Newgrange, is undoubtedly one of Ireland's most significant and most spectacular passage-graves. Ancient artwork adorns the exterior and a guided tour will take you inside the tomb and a recreation of the winter solstice takes place. In this valley there are roughly 40 other such tombs and the sites are collectively known as Brú na Bróinne.
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