Boyne Valley Day Tours
Private Day Tours
to Newgrange (Bru na Boinne) stone age passage tomb a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Celtic Royal site on the Hill of Tara,
Monasterboice round tower and Celtic high crosses, the 12th century Cistercian Abbey at Bective and Trim Castle the largest Anglo Norman
Castle in Ireland. Personalised service with collection at your hotel or cruise ship
from Dublin and surrounding areas.
day tours in a Skoda Superb for up to three passengers or Mercedes Minivan for
up to seven passengers.
Discounted Prices when Booked Direct
Discounted Prices apply when tours booked directly with Boyne Valley Day Tours. Admission Fees not included in tour price,
lunch stop can be arranged, but cost not included in tour price.
- 1 to 3 Guests - Total €450 - Discounted Price €400.
- 4 to 7 Guests - Total €500 - Discounted Price €450.
Cruise Ship Shore Excursion
Private Boyne Valley Day Tours to Newgrange (Bru na Boinne) and the Boyne Valley direct from Dublin Port Cruise Ship Terminal.
Private transport in a Skoda Superb Sedan for up to three passengers or Mercedes Minivan for up to seven
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My husband and I immensely enjoyed our last day in Ireland touring the Boyne Valley with Michael Fox.
Michael’s love for and knowledge of the area impressed us. He is a great listener, and was very
attentive to our interests. He even took little detours such as a short drive to a view of the
Boyne River to help us better understand what he told us. We arrived at our most anticipated stop,
Newgrange, just as they opened and were in the first tour of the day, what an incredible experience.
After Newgrange, Michael continued to fill our day with many other interesting experiences,
enhanced by his knowledge of the places we visited. Throughout the day, we were able to move at
our own pace; never feeling rushed - David, Hawaii, USA.
When I say this is the best tour I've been on, I mean it and I've been on
safaris, Harley excursions, and been on trips around the world. If you go to
Ireland you have to try and get Michael to show you around if he is available!
You will definitely have the best tourist guide in Ireland - Tom, Texas, USA.
Michael made our day in the Boyne Valley extra special. It was just like if you knew
someone personally who was knowledgeable and lived in the area and they offered to
spend the day showing you the sights. Michael was easy to talk to and there were
never any awkward silences. I felt like we knew Michael as an old friend.
We had just one day to see the sights in Boyne Valley and chose Boyne Valley Tours. Although
we had a few must-sees on our list we were open to suggestions and Michael had wonderful
recommendations based on our interests. Michael was extremely knowledgeable about the entire
area and took us to see sites we never would have known about or been able to find otherwise.
All in all, it is a perfect way to see the Boyne Valley and customize your tour however you want to.
I highly recommend Boyne Valley Tours!
Top Contributor, Arizona, USA.
1. Brú na Bóinne - UNESCO World Heritage Passage Tombs at Newgrange
2. Hill of Tara
– Seat of the
Celtic Kings of Ireland.
3. Trim Castle
- the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.
- cluster of Megalithic Tombs on the Carnbane East Hill.
- Celtic Crosses, Round Tower, St. Columbkille's House.
6. Mellifont Abbey
- Cistercian Abbey founded in 1142.
- Early Christian site with round tower and 10th century high crosses.
8. Battle of the Boyne
- the site of the 1690 battle between King James and King William.
Hill of Tara
The Hill of Tara
in the Boyne Valley is ceremonial site associated with kingship rituals.
From the time of the first Gaelic 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.
Newgrange is a Stone Age passage tomb built 5,200 years ago which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.
The passage and chamber at Newgrange are aligned with the rising sun on the mornings around the
is a Stone Age Passage Tomb in the Boyne Valley
and with Newgrange and Dowth makes up the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- part of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site.
The passage and chamber at Dowth are aligned to the setting sun on the evenings
around the Winter Solstice.
Fourknocks is a passage tomb on a smaller scale to Newgrange, however it is a much more intimate site. There is no
visitors centre and seldom anyone else around to disturb the peaceful atmosphere. Spend as long as you want inside the chamber,
studying the wonderful megalithic art or in quite meditation.
Guided tour of the 5000 year old Cairns dotted on the hills around Loughcrew. See the
stone age symbols carved on the backstone of Cairn T which is illuminated by the
rising sun at the equinoxes (March and September).
Battle of the Boyne
The Battle of the Boyne
was fought in 1690 between the Catholic James II
and the Protestant William III, who had overthrown James as king of England in 1688.
The battle took place across the River Boyne at Oldbridge and resulted in a victory for William.
This turned the tide in James's attempt to regain the British crown and ultimately ensured the
continuation of Protestant ascendancy in Ireland.
Hill of Slane
Hill of Slane
- The burial place of king Sláine
in Irish mythology, St. Patrick is said to have lit the first paschal fire on the hill.
- a Christian settlement founded in the 5th century.
See the two churches built in the 14th century, an earlier round tower and the 10th century high crosses.
Open all year.
was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland, founded in 1142 by Saint Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh.
- one of the great churches of the 12th century, St Mary's Abbey, was built by the Augustinians
on lands presented to them by Hugh de Lacy, overlord of the Boyne Valley.
is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It was built by Hugh de Lacy
who was granted the lands of the Kingdom of Meath by King Henry II of England in 1172.
on the banks of the River Boyne was a Cistercian
abbey founded in 1147 by Murchard O’Melaghlin, King of Meath as a 'daughter house' of Mellifont Abbey.
or Ceanannas Mór in Irish meaning 'Great Fort' was a Celtic Royal
residence before St. Columcille founded a monastery in the 6th Century. The monks
from his community on island of Iona of the west coast of Scotland moved to Kells
in the 9th century to escape savage Viking raids. The Iona monks brought with them
the now famous Book of Kells which may have been completed in Kells.