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Tour The Boyne Valley

Begin this self-drive tour at Donore, just off the N51 outside of Drogheda at the Bru na Doinne Visitors Centre. Here you can visit the burial mound at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, and explore the Battle of Boyne site. Then take the R163 through Slane and onto Kells, which was the original home of the Book of Kells. Drive on through to Oldcastle (Boolies) where you’ll see ancient burial mounds. Then back on to the N51, and drive toward the agricultural town of Athboy, enjoying the wooded countryside and the lovely Yellow Ford River.

Head toward Navan and explore the Hill of Tara, an archaeological site that houses ancient monuments and was once the seat of the High King of England. Further east along the N51 is the Georgian town of Slane on the River Boyne, where you’ll find Slane Castle and the Hill of Slane that contains the ancient cemetery, the ruins of the friary church and gothic tower. Follow the N51 to return back to Drogheda.

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