Boyne Valley

 

The Boyne Valley: One day tour

Start: Donore, Co Meath   Finish: Navan

Recommended Length: 1 day

Total distance:  120kms / 75 mls

Day One: Donore, Co Meath / Navan

Distance: 29km/18mls

1  Begin the tour at Brú Na Boinne Visitor Centre located in the village of Donore just off the N51 coming out of Drogheda. Here you’ll find the spectacular passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Also in the area is The Battle of The Boyne site, which is well worth a visit.

2  Leave Newgrange and head towards Slane on the R163 and onwards to Kells, an area steeped in history. It’s well worth taking a look around at the High Cross here. Kells is also the area where The Book Of Kells, now housed in Trinity College Dublin, originated. 

3  Continue on to Oldcastle on the R163. Here there are burial mounds where myths and legends collide to tell a different story as to how they were created, one being that the burial mounds were created by a sorceress flying overhead and dropping pebbles on the landscape!  

4  Leaving Oldcastle you’ll join the N51 – the main Drogheda to Slane road.

5  Before reaching Slane you’ll come across a small cottage where Francis Ledwidge, the World War I poet was born. The cottage is now a small museum dedicated to the poet.  

6  Pass through Slane, which is a good example of an estate village and has a fine selection of Georgian houses.

7  From Slane head south westerly along the N51 to Navan. You’ll pass Slane Castle on your left, which has been the venue for big name concerts, with stars such as Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Robbie Williams and Queen all sweeping in to perform in front of an 80,000-strong crowd.  

8  On entering Navan, the largest town in County Meath you’ll notice its large selection of shops, restaurants, pubs and accommodation. The Great Mote just outside the town is the best place to view the surrounding countryside. Here you’ll also find Proudstown Park Racecourse for horse racing and The Boyne Valley Greyhound Stadium. 

 

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