WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR PRIVATE DAY TOUR:
- Enjoy independence, comfort & safety with a private tour vehicle & driver
- Private collection from your Dublin city accommodation
- Explore the highlights of Ireland’s Ancient East in Royal County Meath
- Discover the fascinating passage tomb at Newgrange (5,000+ years old).
- Visit the historic Trim Castle (largest Norman fortress in Ireland)
- Visit the Hill of Tara, seat of the ancient High Kings of Ireland
- Visit historic St. Peter’s church, Drogheda with St. Oliver Plunkett’s severed head.
- Enjoy time for lunch at the Newgrange (Bru na Boinne) visitor centre.
- Pleasant rural landscape typified by a patchwork of fields and agricultural land
- Leisurely private drive back to Dublin city.
- Drop- off at your hotel, restaurant or other location as advised.
A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO THE TOUR
A relatively short drive from Dublin will take you to “Royal County Meath” in Ireland’s ancient east. There you’ll discover the archaeological highlights of the Boyne Valley on this private day tour with Kennedy & Carr.
Look forward to the sprawling Trim Castle (Film set of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart) and the Hill of Tara, historic seat of the High Kings of Ireland. For most guests however, the highlight of the experience will be a visit to Ireland’s most iconic ancient site – Newgrange (Bru na Boinne). Visit the passage tomb and learn about the fascinating passage of light, which occurs annually during the Winter Solstice. Finish up the tour with a visit to the town of Drogheda and St. Peter’s church – famous for the relics (severed head) of St. Oliver Plunkett.
At Kennedy & Carr, we promise you authentic local experiences with private driver- guides to show you both the highlights and hidden gems that make our Emerald Isle so magical. Contact us today to schedule your private day tour from Dublin to Newgrange & the Boyne Valley!
Recommended private itinerary
Your driver will collect you from your door and head north- west towards historic Trim Castle. The drive from Dublin takes approximately one hour and you’ll enjoy plenty of time to explore the ruins and grounds. The castle is the largest Norman fortification in Ireland and originally served as the administrative center of the ‘Lordship of Co. Meath’ – built over 30 years in the 12th century. The Castle is set in a beautiful location and is a popular Irish wedding destination, owing to its romantic surroundings. You can explore the grounds and surrounds at your leisure for a real flavour of medieval life. Access to the keep is restricted and is possible only by an optional guided tour for safety reasons.
Leaving Trim Castle behind – it’s time to visit one of Ireland’s most ancient treasures – The Hill of Tara. This archaeological site boasts a royal history – once the seat of Ireland’s ancient High King. A rich variety of archaeological monuments await discovery here and you will gain fascinating insight into the rituals of kingship and pagan worship, which were so central in pre- Christian European society.
Following your visit to the Hill of Tara, it’s time to continue on the short drive towards Newgrange (Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre). Without a doubt one of Ireland’s most awe-inspiring historical sites, Newgrange is a large circular passage tomb, dating back further than 3,000BC – making it older than both the pyramids at Giza, Egypt and Stonehenge, England. An ancient temple of pagan worship, Newgrange is particularly well-known for its relevance to the Winter Solstice, on which the sun illuminates the burial chamber at dawn each December 21st. Studies into the alignments of the various monuments here suggest advanced knowledge of astronomy and calendars by the ancients.
You will enjoy ample time to visit this prehistoric wonder and explore the visitor center and exhibition. A lunch break will also be scheduled at Newgrange, where you can enjoy some local cuisine from the on-site Tea Rooms should you wish to do so.
We continue our journey after lunch – making our way towards the town of Drogheda, where we pay a visit to the historic St. Peter’s church. Experience the old- world atmosphere of the interior and visit the elaborate shrine to St. Oliver Plunkett, the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland who was martyred in 1681 for “promoting the Roman faith”. Hanged, drawn and quartered by the Crown in London, St. Plunkett’s dismembered remains were distributed as relics to Rome, Italy, Germany, France, England, The United States and Australia. St. Plunkett’s severed head is actually on display right here. A macabre but fascinating experience.
Following your visit to St. Peter’s, it’s time to enjoy the leisurely drive back to Dublin city -where you will arrive with plenty of time for dinner.
Suggested route (all times approximate):
09.00: Depart Dublin
10.00: Arrive Trim Castle
11.00: Depart Trim Castle
11.30: Arrive Hill of Tara
12.30: Depart Hill of Tara
13.00: Arrive Newgrange – Lunch and Newgrange visit for 3 hours
16.30: Visit St. Peters Church in Drogheda
17.45: Arrive back in Dublin
Access to Newgrange is via the Bru na Boinne visitor centre only. This is a massively popular attraction in peak-season. Tickets for individuals and small groups are sold on a first come first served basis at the gate and cannot be reserved in advance or otherwise guaranteed. Accordingly, we recommend arriving at Newgrange as early as possible during high- peak season.
Private Tour Pricing
Private Tours typically range from EUR 495.00 – EUR 795.00+ per vehicle per day including a driver- guide (& his overnight expenses), fuel, road tolls and associated taxes. Guest accommodation & entrance fees are not included in the above guideline to facilitate guest flexibility.
Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.