• Venture into Irish mythology and history as we explore the country’s ancient past and the landscape that bore witness
• Explore the remarkable passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth
• Visit evocative monastic sites, including Monasterboice with its exquisite high crosses
Mike King, BA, MA
Mike is a museum professional and Heritage Manager for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
Depart London Heathrow 1035 on British Airways, arriving Dublin 1210. Transfer to Navan for seven nights at the Newgrange Hotel, Navan. Welcome and introductory talk: Meath through Time.
Morning: Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre for exhibitions and guided visits to Newgrange and Knowth (the most famous passage tombs of Neolithic Ireland). Afternoon visit to Fourknocks Chamber Tomb (subject to confirmation). Evening talk: Passage Tombs and the Prehistory of the Boyne Valley.
Morning: Monasterboice (magnificent high crosses, round tower and ruined churches) and Old Mellifont Abbey. Afternoon: Hill of Slane (legendary site of St Patrick’s paschal fire) including shrine, friary church and medieval college. Evening talk: The Art of Irish High Crosses.
Morning: Hill of Tara (a complex of impressive prehistoric sites, traditional seat of the High Kings of Ireland). Afternoon: Donaghmore Round Tower and Church (founded by St Patrick) and Duleek (site of the earliest known stone church in Ireland) including high crosses. Evening talk: Irish Monasteries and Abbeys.
Morning: Kells (once home to the famous Book of Kells) including four high crosses, round tower and St Columba’s House. Afternoon: Cavan County Museum (overview of the archaeology and history of the region).
Morning talk: Medieval to Early Modern Meath. Visits to Trim Castle (the largest Anglo Norman castle in Ireland) and Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre.
Morning: Clonmacnoise Monastery (visitor centre, churches, high crosses and round tower). Afternoon: Fore Abbey (early Christian church and medieval abbey in a glorious valley setting).
Depart Dublin 1255, arriving Heathrow 1425.
4 Jul — 11 Jul 2022
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour involves many visits to outdoor archaeological sites or ruins. Participants should therefore have a good level of overall fitness and mobility, and be comfortable navigating uneven and sometimes rugged ground. The Hill of Tara involves a gentle incline to reach the main sites. The interiors of the chambered tombs, where accessible, are dimly lit; those who feel uncomfortable going inside have the option to remain outside.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £120.
Cost of £2075 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £325.