Irish Private Tours - Boyne Valley
Boyne Valley is just north of Dublin, ideally located for a Day Tour out of Dublin or the first day of an extended tour.
The Boyne Valley is at once Ireland’s ancient capital and its most sacred and mythical landscape.
You can visit the great Newgrange
prehistoric tombs at Brú na Bóinne.
You can look out from the Hill of Tara
, sharing the view
with the ancient High Kings of Ireland or be mesmerised by the detail of the Celtic Crosses at
Boyne Valley Day Tour
- Pick up from your accommodation or cruise ship.
- Brú na Bóinne Visitor Experience - an introduction to the 5,000 year old passages tombs of the Boyne Valley.
- Visit the megalithic passage tombs at Newgrange and Knowth with the on-site guide. These are UNESCO World Heritage sites so you will be joining others on the official tour.
- Hill of Slane - where St. Patrick lit the Paschal Fire in 433.
- Hill of Tara – Seat of the High Kings of Ireland.
Tours can be customised, other sites of interest in the Boyne Valley include:
- Dowth megalithic passage tomb has not been excavated or restored and is not part of the official tour, so you will have time to connect with this ancient site
- Fourknocks - Off the beaten track megalithic passage tomb.
- Monasterboice - Early Christian site with round tower and 10th century high crosses.
- Mellifont Abbey - Cistercian Abbey founded in 1142.
- Bective Abbey - Cistercian abbey founded in 1147.
- Kells - Celtic Crosses, Round Tower, St. Columbkille's House.
Total tour price is 475 euro for up to 7 guests, the price is per vehicle, not per person.
Admission fees and meals are not included in the tour price. A tour can be extended beyond
the standard 8 hours at the hourly rate of 60 euro.
I will collect and take you on a private tour to the 5000 year old passage tomb at
the round tower and 10th century high crosses at Monasterboice, the ancient set of the High
Kings of Ireland on the
Hill of Tara
, the 12th century Cistercian Abbey
at Mellifont and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick lit the Paschal Fire in 433AD and return you to your accommodation.
As the tours are private the itinerary can be customised to your interests, concentrating
more on the 5000 year old passage tombs such as Newgrange, Dowth and Loughcrew.
The Boyne Valley has a rich Christian tradition as all St. Patrick began his ministry on
the Hill of Slane
and Kells fine examples of early Celtic Christian
monasteries with High Crosses and Round Towers.
The first Cistercian Abbey was founded at Mellifont in 1142 bringing the European monastic
lifestyle to Ireland, Bective Abbey
on the banks of the River Boyne was founded in 1147 by as a 'daughter house' of Mellifont Abbey.
You may like to spend more time at the
Hill of Tara
, a ceremonial site associated with
kingship rituals. From the time of the first Celtic influence until the Norman invasion
in the 12th Century, the Hill of Tara was Ireland's political and spiritual capital.
The King of Tara represented a very old ideal of sacred kingship in Ireland, imbued
with mythical aura. Many Kings of Tara were also High Kings of Ireland.
I have to give credit to Michael, he made the difference between a great tour, and a
Our visit to the Boyne Valley was fun, educational, and completely hassle free. Michael
was so knowledgeable about the area and all of its history.
I literally felt like I had fallen back through time in places. Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
is the best value money can buy if you are searching for an authentic, one-of-a-kind experience!