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Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast (Titanic or Black Taxi)

1. Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast (Titanic or Black Taxi)

Departure points: 7:00 AM at The Starbucks Cafe, 1 College Green, Dublin 2 7:05 AM at Dublin Bus Office, 59 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 Travel through the Boyne Valley on a full-day scenic tour from Dublin. Upon arrival in Belfast you have the option to take a political sightseeing tour in an iconic black cab (taxi) or visit the Titanic Experience. For the black cab tour you will see sites that have played a key role in the city’s political history, such as the Falls and Shankill neighbourhoods. Learn about the industrial roots of Belfast, and the 4 decades of civil unrest in the late 20th century. Sign the peace line, the towering wall that divides the communities, and read the political murals. A guide will relate their own family experiences to give your tour a more personal touch. Alternatively, go to the world’s largest state-of-the-art Titanic experience in Belfast’s new Titanic Quarter, located in the former shipyards of Harland and Wolf. Relive the liner’s tragic voyage, sinking, and eventful discovery on the seabed, via exhibits that explain her construction, launch and history in 9 different galleries. Typically the tour would visit the Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge. However, it is currently closed for tour operators and it is not yet clear as to when it will reopen. As an alternative attraction, visit the very popular Dunluce Castle. Enjoy this historic castle that dates back over 500 years and which is dramatically positioned on the edge of a cliff over the Atlantic. Discover this castle which has been used to film things like Game of Thrones. Visit and peruse the castle and grounds for 30 minutes. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Giant’s Causeway, formed over 60 million years ago by volcanic eruptions. Admire its distinctive rock formations that span nearly 18 miles of coastline. Hike to the formations known as “The Wishing Chair”, “Giant's Boot”, and “Giant's Organ.” Learn the legend of the Irish giant Finn McCool, said to be the Causeway's creator. This is where you have the option to have lunch in a number of venues located at the Causeway. With 2.5-hours there is ample time to lunch and walk this fabulous coastal landscape. Continue along the Antrim Coastal, driving past spectacular scenery of stony shores, wooded glens and sheltered harbors. See the remains of Dunseverick Castle, and admire views of the Mull of Kintyre. On a clear day, see Scotland in the distance. The route back to Dublin is different than the route taken to the Causeway earlier in the day, giving you different scenery to enjoy. Arrive back in Dublin City Center at roughly 8:15 PM and enjoy the rest of your evening. The tour guide will be on hand to help you with any directions or information you need.

Dublin: Boyne Valley with Newgrange and Bru Na Boinne Entry

2. Dublin: Boyne Valley with Newgrange and Bru Na Boinne Entry

The Boyne Valley and the Boyne River extend through the counties of Meath and Louth in the east of Ireland to the sea at Drogheda. Explore this historically important and wonderfully scenic area on a guided tour from Dublin. This tour includes your entrance fee and skip the queue at Newgrange Monument and Bru Na Boinne. Discover the sites and monuments in this area that date back over 5,000 years.  NOTE: Between Nov 1st – March 1st – Knowth is not accessible so the tour at Bru Na Boinne is slightly shorter. Learn about the story of Ireland and the Irish people that can be traced back in this valley to the first Neolithic settlers and their megalithic tombs and to the Celts and their pagan beliefs. Continue to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre for about 1.5 hours. The Battle of the Boyne in 1690 was the deciding battle not just for the ruling class in Ireland but also in Britain and Europe. It explains the troubles of Northern Ireland and why it is celebrated each year on July 12th by the Loyalist community. Uncover the story of the battle that would eventually lead to the displacement of Irish Celts and their culture throughout the Island of Ireland. It was also a battle for the Throne of England between the catholic King James II and the Protestant King of Holland (William of Orange). Finally, reach Monasterboice for a half-hour stop. Head to the “monastery of Buithe,” a 5th-century monastic site founded by St Buithe which includes two churches built in the 14th century and a Round Tower from the 10th century, but it is most famous for its Celtic High Crosses. Admire the round tower which is about 28 meters tall, and is in very good condition. It was likely built shortly after 968 and damaged in a fire in 1098. The three high crosses date from the 10th century and form part of the scriptural group (showing biblical scenes). Take in the 5.5-metre Muiredach's High Cross which is regarded as the finest high cross in the whole of Ireland. It features Biblical Carvings from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. It is named after an abbot, Muiredach mac Domhnaill, who died in 923. Relax on the drive back to Dublin arriving around 5:00 PM.

From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley and Ancient Sites Tour

3. From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley and Ancient Sites Tour

Take this tour to explore the Neolithic tombs at Loughcrew, the Iron Age hill at Tara, the 7th-century Christian monastery at Fore Abbey, and the Anglo-Norman castle at Trim. The historically significant Boyne Valley in Meath County, long home to ancient high monarchs, is a stop on this Celtic trip through Ireland's ancestral territories. Next, visit to the Hill of Tara, a holy location and the former home of the high monarchs of ancient Ireland. Discover centuries of history with breathtaking views of the landscape, including the well-known Coronation Stone and An Forradh monument. Experience this 5,000-year-old Boyne Valley gem firsthand. After that, take a tour of Trim fortress, the biggest Anglo-Norman fortress in Ireland with an intriguing past that dates back to the thirteenth century. Discover Trim's vast gardens and three-story massive keep for a tour that will never be forgotten. Take amazing pictures and take in the medieval ambiance of Trim. Following that, we go to Loughcrew, the location of Neolithic passage tombs with complete rock art covering the inside walls that date back more than 5,000 years. After our visit, we will have lunch at a nearby restaurant, where the tastes enhance the area's rich history and add even more value to our experience. Visit Fore Abbey, the site of Saint Fechin's founding of a Christian monastery in the seventh century, lastly. Before it was destroyed twelve times, the settlement was home to 300 monks at its height. Explore the ruins, which include Saint Fechin's Church, which dates back to approximately 900 AD.

From Dublin: 3 Day County Donegal & the Wild Atlantic Way

4. From Dublin: 3 Day County Donegal & the Wild Atlantic Way

Day 1 You depart Dublin and journey back in time to the 11th century to Ireland’s second Cistercian Abbey. Now in ruins, Bective Abbey is a maze of dead-end passageways and staircases that lead to nowhere. Let your imagination take you back to when this abbey was built and imagine what daily life might have been like. Next, it’s off to Trim. Sitting snuggly along River Boyne, the town is home to Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in Ireland. Feel free to explore the castle as well as the town at this stop. You then head to Cavan for lunch before continuing across the border into Northern Ireland. Your next destination is the island town of Enniskillen, where you can spend some time exploring the cosy pubs, the castle, or simply stroll the charming streets. Finally, cross the border again and enjoy the beautiful scenery of County Donegal as you head to Donegal Town, your base for the next two nights. Day 2 Your first stop is at Slieve League Cliffs along the Wild Atlantic Way. These dramatic sea cliffs are the second highest in Ireland and three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher. Keep your cameras out because the drive coming up is worth its own Instagram post. You journey through the stunning and windy Glengesh Pass, passing by mountains and steep valleys that really make you feel small (in the best way possible). After a quick photo stop here, who can say where the road goes next? Only Enya. Just kidding. It’s time to head to Leo’s Tavern for lunch. This pub is a popular local watering hole and many now-famous artists performed here, including Clannad, Moya Brennan, and Enya. The final stop of the day is a visit to the Glenveagh National Park Visitor Centre. This national park lies in the heart of County Donegal and is home to protected wildlife in an array of pristine habitats. It’s the ideal escape for lovers of nature and wildlife; you'll just love cruising through this beautiful area and stopping for photos. The award-winning visitor centre is your destination, and you have some time to explore the area. You head back to Donegal for the night. Day 3 Your first stop is Mullaghmore Beach, a paradise for those who love a good beach walk, which is exactly what you’re here to do, so grab your cameras. You carry on to the coastal seaport of Sligo for lunch and a little exploration. This town is full of history, from its literary heritage that can be seen at the Sligo County Museum, to the medieval ruin of Sligo Abbey. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing drive through the heart of Ireland as you make your way to Belvedere House and Gardens. Built in 1740, this hunting lodge was built by Richard Cassels, one of Ireland’s foremost Palladian architects, for Robert Rochfort, 1st Earl of Belvedere. You have time to explore here and soak up the dramatic architecture, the Victorian walled garden, and the surrounding forest. A perfect way to end the trip and from here you head back to Dublin.

Trim Castle & Town Walking Tour

5. Trim Castle & Town Walking Tour

Embark on an enriching walking tour through the enchanting town of Trim, Co. Meath, delving into its rich history and architectural wonders. Our highlight is the majestic Trim Castle, standing proudly as the largest Anglo-Norman fortification in Ireland. Immerse yourself in the castle's intriguing past as we stroll through its grounds. The tour unfolds through the charming streets, offering glimpses of both nature and captivating architecture that grace Trim. As the tour concludes, savor the local experience with a farewell pint of Guinness at one of the town's cherished pubs, creating memories that blend history, culture, and the warm embrace of Irish hospitality.

History & Heritage Tour: Kells, Trim, Loughcrew Cairns, Fore

6. History & Heritage Tour: Kells, Trim, Loughcrew Cairns, Fore

Start your day by being picked up at your hotel in Dublin and driven through scenic Irish countryside to these hidden gems that will give you a taste of real Ireland! Go back in time and immerse yourself in more than 6000 years of Irish history by being guided around Loughcrew Cairns - passage tombs that are older than pyramids in Egypt and Newgrange. Continue your day by visiting legendary Fore Abbey and exploring its grounds and artefacts. Relax over lunch in a local distillery. Meet the local owner who will take you on a tour of the distillery where you'll learn the secrets and fascinating and poignant stories of Irish whiskey creation. Explore the iconic town of Kells closely associated with the legendary book of Kells and St Columcille's first monastery. Look closely at the fine round tower and the cross. Or as an option enjoy a guided tour of a largest and best preserved Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland in Trim, also a setting for the famous Mel Gibson's Braveheart movie. Get back to Dublin in comfort of your private vehicle just in time for dinner.

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What people are saying about County Meath

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4.7
(878 reviews)

Flann and his ride along newbie driver were wonderful. I was having trouble climbing the hill to the cairn and they figured out a helper without making me feel silly. Flann had so much interesting info since he's from that county.

An excellent day in Boyne valley and Newgrange. Our guide Matt said a lot of things about history and Irish culture. I enjoyed this tour

it was a great experience. our dri er, Kevin, was so entertaining and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour.

The best tur guide ever meet ! Also he help me to dont miss my fligth ! Always will recomend Matteo !

I like of visit monuments and stories tales by guide tour, I recommend this tour that is amazing