The Boyne Valley

In the Boyne Valley, birthplace of Ireland's Ancient East, you will find many elements that will make up an enjoyable day tour from Dublin.  Under the map are some ideas to get you started!


Boyne Valley Boats


Glide along the Boyne Canal on a purpose built boat (used in the filming of Game of Thrones) on a journey of fact and fantasy. Learn about the history of the Battle of the Boyne (1690) and hear what it was like to be on the battlefield as it happened.

The paddling techniques you will learn are the very same used to train the Iron Islanders in Game of Thrones!

The Heritage Town of Kells


Take a walk through the ancient streets of this Heritage Town; streets that have been walked on by High Kings, Columcille and his monks, invading Normans, Cromwell's troops, and where the Book of Kells was written and protected for 800 years and more.  The richest collection of early Christian architecture still existing in one location, High Crosses, a Round Tower and scriptorium/oratory.

The Hill of Tara


Come for a walk on the Hill of Tara - once the ancient seat of power in Ireland – 142 kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and historic times. Although no buildings survive there are a number of large earthworks still remaining on the hill, some are inside an even larger Iron Age Hill Fort, known as Ráith na Riogh (The Fort of the Kings) or the Royal Enclosure.   Here is where Patrick came to confront the ancient religion of the pagans at its most powerful site.

Listoke Gin School


A real gin adventure!  You will be greeted with light refreshments upon arrival followed by a brief introduction and history of Listoke Estate and its distilling heritage with a tour of the distillery and the state of the art equipment. Then the fun begins!!  You are treated to 3 different gin profiles which will assist you in designing the flavour profile for your own personal gin. Once you've selected your botanicals you will be ready to distill your own exclusive bottle in your own miniature still. Once distilled you bottle, label and seal your product...what you do with if afterwards is up to you!!! Refreshments and G&T's will be served throughout your class!!!

Loughcrew - the Hill of the Witch (Wise Woman)

Loughcrew, possibly the oldest cemetery in the world, tells of Ireland’s neolithic cultures, shrouded in myth and mystery. One legend has it that the so-called burial mounds were created by a witches flying overhead and dropping pebbles on the landscape. Sounds hard to believe but who’s to say otherwise? The tombs are located on three different hills. The largest of the three, Cairn T, has a vernal and Autumnal Equinox which is when the chamber becomes illuminated with sunlight.   These tombs are dated at over 5,000 years old and are a memorable visit.

Trim Castle


This is the stuff movies are made of. It’s no wonder that the makers of the movie ‘Braveheart’ chose Trim in County Meath as the shooting location for their epic thriller. Trim Castle is the largest, best-preserved & most impressive Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.  It was constructed over a thirty year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter as the home of the Lordship of Meath in 1172. Over the centuries Trim Castle was adapted to suit the domestic needs of its owners and the changing political climate. However, much of its fabric has remained unchanged since the height of Anglo-Norman power in Ireland. Even today when standing within the walls of the castle visitors can get the sense of security that would have been felt by the de Lacy family in a hostile landscape. Although, standing outside the walls you can sense the intimidation that must surely have been felt by the native population.

I particularly enjoyed the "off the beaten track" sights - including Loughcrew.  Such a unique experience.  Loved meeting all the locals too.
(Pauline Spencer - Victoria, Australia)