Boyne Valley Touring Route County Meath
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County Meath is known as the Royal County and derives its name from the Second Century AD as a territory for the High Kings.
County Meath is known as the Royal County and derives its name from the Second Century AD as a territory for the High Kings. The abundance of historic monuments within this area testifies to the ancient importance of this region and some of the most important historic sites and monuments in Ireland dot the landscape here.
The tour begins at the Brú Na Bóinne Visitor Centre located in the village of Donore just off the N51 coming out of Drogheda. On visiting this centre one can see the spectacular burial mound at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Here you can look in amazement at the master craftsmanship put into these wonderful creations. Also in the area you will find the Battle of The Boyne site, which is well worth a visit
Next, leaving Newgrange to Slane on the R163 and onwards towards Kells, an area steeped in history well worth taking a look around at the high cross and the area which The Book Of Kells originated but is now housed in Trinity College Dublin. You will get a good selection of coffee shops and restaurants here, so it is an ideal spot to stop for a break.
Heading into Oldcastle continuing on the R163, the second stop on this trail. Here you will find burial mounds where myths and legends collide to make many a different story as to how they were created, one being that the burial mounds were created by a sorceress flying overhead and dropping pebbles on the landscape!
When you leave Oldcastle you will join the N51, the main Drogheda to Slane road. Before reaching Slane you will come across a small cottage where Francis Ledwidge, the World War 1 poet was born, the cottage is now a small museum dedicated to the poet. Then passing through Slane, which is an example of an estate village that has a fine selection of Georgian houses.
From Slane we head south westerly along the N51 to Navan. You will pass Slane Castle on your left. On entering Navan, the largest town in County Meath you will notice its large selection of shops, restaurants, pubs and accommodation. The great mote just outside the town is the best place to view the surrounding countryside. Here you will also find Proudstown Park Racecourse for horse racing and The Boyne Valley Greyhound Stadium.