Newgrange, the Hill of Tara, Howth and more
With all the talk of Ireland’s Ancient Historic East Daragh from the Dublin Visitor Centre decided to take a trip onboard the Grayline Newgrange Day Trip– visiting Newgrange burial chamber and the Hill of Tara.
A friend joined me for my day of sightseeing so we started our day a hearty “full Irish” breakfast at O’Neill’s, Suffolk Street just a 10 minute walk away from the tour departure point at O’Connell street. On arriving at the Gray Line red bus just before 9am our friendly guide Harry introduced himself and within minutes his enthusiasm had us excited about the day ahead.
Newgrange is steeped in Celtic history, folklore and legend, I hadn’t visited it since my school days so I was looking forward to seeing how different it looked through the eyes of an adult. The short one hour journey from Dublin began with a witty historical commentary from Harry which ended with cheers and a round of applause from my fellow passengers I might add. This was going to be an interesting day indeed!
The Newgrange Visitor Centre, with its interactive display and model of the Newgrange and Hill of Tara site, was a good place to get a starting perspective of the site of Ireland’s ancient royalty. From the visitor centre we boarded a mini-bus joined by a Newgrange guide, Hillary.The short journey to the momunent delivered us at the mound of striking white stone and chisiled artwork. Some interesting facts about this megalithic tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, include the fact that its roof, which is older than the pyrmaids at Giza, has never leaked. Also older than Stonehenge the passageway of this structure is designed so that once a year, on the winter solstice, it is fully illuminated.
After taking some great photos we were back onboard the tour bus heading to the ancient mystical Hill of Tara with Harry. He told us all about the ancient high kings of Ireland – an incredible 142 Kings were crowned on the Hill of Tara! On a fine day you can see all surrounding counties north, south, east and west overlooking the beautiful lush rolling hills. Harry made this trip through ancient Ireland entertaining as well as educational.
The lovely thing about this tour was that after leaving the Hill of Tara we were brought back into Dublin along the coastline, by the picturesque coastal village of Howth, where myself and my companion headed straight Beshoff’s – Howth’s best loved Fish n’ Chips shops.
We returned to Dublin City around 5pm and both agreed that our day tour with Gray Line was a wonderful way to explore Ireland’s Ancient Historic East.
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