Ireland – Celtic Tour

During our stay in Dublin, we wanted to experience a bit more than just the city itself. After a stop in one of the tourist centres, we decided to try the ‘Celtic Tour‘ which would take us out of Dublin and show us some really interesting places!

 

The tour was really fascinating! We saw a lot of the Irish country and I had the opportunity to take some really great photos!

Our tour guide Jim told us everything we wanted to know, entertained us throughout the entire trip and even made us forget about the bugging rain. I’d definitely book this again, if given the possibility!

Greeting from the german girls, who greatly enjoyed this experience!

 

Our trip started right next to this wonderful church where we were picked up and began our travel in a small bus together with a group of tourists.

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Our first stop was the Hill of Tara, an archaeological complex containing a number of ancient monuments and, according to tradition, was the seat of the High King of Ireland.

The Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) is there as well and it’s rumoured that the stone would scream if the rightful king would touch it. Unfortunately it stayed silent during our stay. The hill itself wasn’t really spectacular, but it was a wonderful start to the trip overall!

 

 

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We then went to Loughcrew, a site of historical importance in Ireland. It is the site of megalithic burial grounds dating back to approximately 3500 and 3300 BC. We could enter one of them and this somewhat was the hightlight of the trip. Really interesting and a fantastic experience!

 

 

The next stop was Trim Castle where they shot parts of ‘Braveheart’ . With an area of 30,000 m², it’s the largest Cambro-Norman castle in Ireland. It’s definitely an interesting castle, mostly in ruins, though.

 

 

Slane Castle was next. Unfortunately we were not allowed to enter the castle itself, and, as we were a bit short on time we simply drove around the areal with the bus and then turned to leave.

The castle is mostly known for the concerts taking place there, with the natural amphitheatre offering an 80,000 person capacity.

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Mainistir Bhuithe, irish for Monasterboice was the following destination. Founded in the late 5th century by Saint Buithe who died around 521 it was an important centre of religion and learning.

 

 

St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Drogheda was the last stop on this tour. The Church is famous for housing the National Shrine to St. Oliver Plunkett, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.

 

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