Boyne Valley Drive Itineraries

Getting to the Boyne Valley is very direct – the M1 from the Dublin Airport will take you to the heart of it in 30 minutes and from Belfast City in just over one hour – once you arrive you can take things at your own pace, by exploring the back roads of this historic valley – discover for yourself its quaint villages and cosy pubs and mingle with the locals who are only too willing to share their stories.

The following itineraries are just a suggestion of how you may wish to spend your time. It is important that you tailor your trip to best suit you, your family’s or group’s needs. There are plenty of other activities available that are not listed here. Similarly there’s a whole host of festivals going on in the Boyne Valley throughout the year so why not take advantage and plan your big adventure around the festival(s) of your choice. For more information on accommodation, restaurants and pubs available in the region be sure to check out www.meath.ie and www.drogheda.ie.

Family Trip (3 day Itinerary)

Why not kick start the vacation at Tayto Park in Ashbourne? With over 100 attractions there’s something for all the family here. Visitors get to explore The Tayto Sky Walk, The Superhero Training Wall, The Tayto Air Jumpers in The Eagle Sky Adventure Zone and much more. Check out www.taytocrisps.ie for details.

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Family Trip (7 day Itinerary)

The adventure begins at Rathbeggan Lakes and Family Fun Park near Dunshaughlin.  There’s a wide range of activities to suit all ages; fishing, Airsoft Wargames, Inflatable Park with giant slide, pet farm, picnic area and much more, see www.rathbegganlakes.com.

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Heritage and Culture (3 day itinerary)

The Boyne Valley is rich in both heritage and culture. The density of Ancient, Celtic, Monastic, Viking and Norman sites in the region coupled with the history, myth and folklore make for a truly magical experience. This three day itinerary may be further enhanced if you were to organise your visit around the many festivals and events available throughout the year. Likewise there are many other great places of cultural and heritage significance in the Boyne Valley that are not mentioned below. Perhaps you may wish to extend your stay or maybe choose your own itinerary using the Boyne Valley Drive.

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Religion and Pilgrimage (3 day itinerary)

Follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick: Much like early conquerors the Milesians, St. Patrick began his religious conquest of Ireland in the Boyne Valley travelling from the mouth of the river Boyne near Drogheda to Trim where he established Ireland’s first great church. The Boyne Valley Drive offers you the unique opportunity to take the same route as St. Patrick and create your own pilgrimage in honour of Ireland’s patron saint.

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Golf and Leisure (3 day itinerary)

The lush pastures of the Boyne Valley are synonymous with excellent golfing. The region is home to some of Ireland’s finest golf courses. There is a variety of challenges on offer to keep the most demanding golfers entertained, notably the parkland and links courses. The hosting of the 2011 Solheim Cup at the magnificent Jack Nicklaus designed championship course at Killeen Castle has only enhanced the Boyne Valley’s reputation. Other leisure and sporting activities that may enhance your Boyne Valley golf experience include; horse racing, angling, walking, heritage and nightlife. You will find accommodation to match the great golf courses with a selection of fine hotels, guest houses and self catering. Check out www.meath.ie and www.drogheda.ie for more details.

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