Meath County

One-Day Itinerary: Historical Highlights

  • Morning: Begin at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne, which includes the Newgrange and Knowth passage tombs. These Neolithic structures are celebrated for their architectural brilliance and alignment with the winter solstice sunrise.
  • Lunch: Enjoy a meal at a local café in Slane, a village renowned for its historical significance and the nearby Slane Castle.
  • Afternoon: Visit the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Explore significant landmarks such as the Stone of Destiny and the Mound of the Hostages, and enjoy the panoramic views of the lush Irish countryside.
  • Evening: Return to Navan, the largest town in Meath, and dine at a local pub or restaurant, sampling traditional Irish cuisine.

Weekend Getaway: Culture and Countryside

  • Day 1: Follow the One-Day Itinerary.
  • Day 2:
    • Morning: Explore Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in Ireland, with guided tours that vividly depict medieval life.
    • Lunch: Dine in Trim, trying local artisan products.
    • Afternoon: Journey to the Loughcrew Cairns, offering a quieter exploration of Ireland’s Neolithic past with breathtaking countryside views.
    • Evening: Have dinner in Kells, celebrated for its namesake, the Book of Kells.

Five-Day Cultural Exploration

  • Days 1-2: Complete the Weekend Getaway itinerary.
  • Day 3:
    • Morning: Visit the Battle of the Boyne site at Oldbridge, featuring a visitor center with interactive exhibits.
    • Afternoon: Tour Drogheda, one of Ireland’s oldest towns, known for St. Laurence’s Gate and the Magdalene Tower.
    • Evening: Experience the vibrant nightlife and dining options in Drogheda.
  • Day 4:
    • All Day: Travel to the scenic village of Carlingford, nestled by Carlingford Lough and Slieve Foye mountain, for outdoor activities and historical explorations.
    • Evening: Enjoy fresh seafood, especially renowned oysters, for dinner in Carlingford.
  • Day 5:
    • Morning: Explore more of the Boyne Valley, visiting sites like Bective Abbey and the Monasterboice High Crosses and Round Tower.
    • Afternoon: Relax along the River Boyne with a leisurely walk or boat trip.
    • Evening: Conclude your trip with a farewell dinner in Navan, reflecting on the rich history and stunning landscapes experienced.

These itineraries provide a structured yet flexible approach to discovering County Meath, ensuring visitors can immerse themselves in a balanced mix of historical treasures, natural beauty, and local culture.