Tour of Armagh & The Boyne Valley with James Kilbane

Country: Ireland

Date: 17-09-2017

Duration: 3 nights

£328 inclusive of tax

Introduction

Heritage & Faith. Recreation & Leisure. Tour of Armagh & The Boyne Valley with James Kilbane for only £328 | €369 pps

Transport & Accommodation

  • Arrive at Armagh City Hotel in time to relax before dinner in the evening. After dinner, James will meet with the group, outline our plans for the next day and share music and fellowship
  • Private coach transfers with guide assistance throughout
  • 3 nights accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast basis in the beautiful Armagh City Hotel

Tours & Religious Programme

  • Full three day touring itinerary as outlined
  • Guided tour of Armagh Cathedrals
  • Entrance into Boyne Centre, Newgrange and St. Patrick’s Centre

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Sunday 17th September
    Arrive at Armagh City Hotel in time to relax before dinner in the evening. After dinner, James will meet with the group, outline our plans for the next day and share music and fellowship.
  • Day 2: Monday 18th September
    After a hearty breakfast we depart from the hotel and head south to Co. Meath where we visit Boyne Centre. The Battle of the Boyne is one of the most significant events in Irish history. It was fought between King William III & his father-in-law, King James II, in 1690. We will enjoy a 15 minute film and self-guided tour of the exhibition and even have time for a cup of tea or enjoy the Victorian walled garden. Leaving Boyne centre, we travel to the Hill of Tara.The Hill of Tara, located near the River Boyne, is an archaeological complex that runs between Navan and Dunshaughlin in Co.Meath. It contains a number of ancient monuments and according to tradition, was the seat of Árd Rí Na hÉireann, or the High King of Ireland. St. Patrick challenged the pagan leaders at Tara and lit the Pascal fire in defiance on the Hill of Slane. We will enjoy a lunch stop here at the famous Maguire’s of Tara Restaurant and shop. Lunch is included in the cost of your tour. Leaving Tara we travel to Newgrange - the best known Irish passage tomb and dates to 3,200BC. Of the many notable features at Newgrange, the most famous is the small opening or ‘roof box’ situated above the passage entrance. At dawn on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year (Dec 21st) a shaft of sunlight enters the chamber through an opening in the roof box. If we have time we will pay a short visit to Mellifont Abbey. The original abbey was built in 1142. We return to the hotel in time to relax before dinner. After dinner James will meet with the group to outline plans for the next day and share music and fellowship.
  • Day 3: Tuesday 19th September
    Today we are heading to the St. Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, the only permanent exhibition in the world about Ireland's Patron Saint. We will depart from our hotel at approx. 10am. We will enjoy a short film presentation and see the exhibition at the centre. We will also visit Down Cathedral where according to legent, St Patrick died in Saul, where angels told his followers to place his body on a cart drawn by two untamed oxen, and to bury the Saint wherever they halted. The oxen supposedly stopped at the church on the hill of Down, now the site of the Church of Ireland's Down Cathedral. Leaving the historic town of Downpatrick we will travel to the seaside town of Newcastle where you will havwe time for lunch on your own. After lunch we will make out way back to Armagh taking in some of the beauty of the Mountains of Mourne en route. Will will be back in time to relax before dinner. After dinner, James will meet with the group, outline our plans for the next day and share music and fellowship.
  • DAY 4: 20th September
    After breakfast we’ll stay local as we visit two greatCathedrals. Less than half a mile apart stand St.Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral & St. Patrick’sChurch of Ireland Cathedral. Leaving the Cathedrals we will visit Navan Fort. In ancient times, Navan Fortwas a pagan ceremonial site and one of the great royalcapitals of Gaelic Ireland. We will return to the hotel atapproximately 2:30pm, in time to say a fond farewell to Armagh and the friends we have made as we head for home.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights hotel room with private facilities
  • Evening dinner, bed & breakfast at hotel
  • Lunch on day two
  • Comfortable coach reserved seat
  • Full three day touring itinerary as outlined
  • Guided tour of Armagh Cathedrals
  • Entrance into Boyne Centre, Newgrange and St. Patrick’s Centre

Notes

  • Price per person sharing twin/double rooms with private facilities
  • Deposit of £50 / €50 to be paid at time of booking
  • First five single rooms at no single supplement. Any additional single rooms will incur a charge of £25/ €28 per room per night
  • Meals where not stated are not included in the price
  • Itinerary may be subject to change; E&OE
  • All bookings protected by the Commission for Aviation Regulation in Ireland (T.O. 052 | T.A. 0689) and the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK (ATOL 5163)