Athboy | Discover Boyne Valley


Ballyboy Airfield

Ballyboy Airfield is one of the largest and best recognised airfields in Ireland with IAA licensed parallel 600 metre hard and grass runways. We are focused on general & vintage aviation and we are home to the Irish Historic Flight Foundation. 

We welcome visiting aircrafts from all over Ireland and from across the UK and Europe.


Living History Walking Tour of Athboy

Professional tour guide and actor, Fiona Dalton brings the local Goddess of Samhain alive in an original living history tour of the heritage town of Athboy with a two hour guided walk around the sights to see and stories to hear as well as learning about her own legend from Celtic Mythology.

The tour starts off with the history of Tlachtga and Halloween including a visit to the famous fairy Fort which is reputed to be the entrance to the underworld in Irish mythology.
Mon, Jul 1 - Sun, Nov 10 2024, All day

Blue Jean Country Queen Festival

The Blue Jean Country Queen Festival is back this June Bank Holiday Weekend in Athboy. 

The Blue Jean Country Queen Festival organized by Meath Macra na Feirme in collaboration with the local community. Established in 1987, the festival mixes community and family focused events with live entertainment which all takes place alongside the Blue Jean Country Queen competition – a fun and not too serious personality competition, in which over 20 young women from all over Ireland and abroad vie to become the Blue Jean Country Queen.

Blue Jean Country Queen

Athboy, Co Meath
Fri, May 31 - Mon, Jun 3 2024, All day

Killua Castle

Killua is a historic castle located in the most romantic demesne in Ireland with links to Sir Walter Raleigh and Lawrence of Arabia. The castle, which long lay in ruins, has been fully restored and is now dedicated to expressing and sharing our greatest passions: history, art, environmental conservation, regenerative farming, and gastronomy.


Clonmellon Lodge,

Killua Castle,


Co. Meath.

C15 EWF2

Athboy Heritage Trail

The town of Athboy began sometime during the sixth century A.D. as a settlement at the river crossing known as the Yellow Ford. Long before this however, the inhabitants of Athboy were Druids, who had settlements at the nearby Hill of Ward. The Hill of Ward, also known as Tlachtga, is the site where the feast of Samhain was celebrated. Samhain is credited with being the forerunner of Halloween.

Athboy Heritage Trail Slider Image
+353 (0) 46 9092300

Solstice Arts Centre and Tourism Information Point,
Railway St.,
Co. Meath


Tlachtga Abhaile

Tlachtga is the sacred hill outside Athboy where Halloween began as the Samhain Festival. Professional tour-guide and actor Fiona Dalton brings the Goddess Tlachtga to life in both a stage performance and a living history walking tour.  See Facebook and Instagram at Tlachtga Abhaile.
Walking tour section

085 7179005

Various venues around the Boyne Valley.

See social media for details.

Coburn's Gastrobar, Athboy

A warm welcome is always to be found at Coburn's Gastro Bar.

The faithfully restored bar, the oldest in Athboy, offers craft and commercial beers, wine by the glass or bottle, and a full gastropub menu.

At Coburn’s Gastro Bar, The Parlour is decorated in a warm palette with a roaring fire. Its the perfect place to chat, sing, celebrate and even get married in!!

The bar often hosts live music, from trad sessions to more modern groups as well as lively discussions and history lectures.


Coburns Bar, Emporium
Coburns Gastrobar, The Parlour
Coburns Bar, Appetiser
00353 (46) 948 7001

Main Street, Athboy, Co. Meath

Darnley Lodge Hotel

Situated in the historic town of Athboy, the Darnley Lodge Hotel is a haven of tranquillity nestled in the heart of the Boyne Valley Drive. Our Hotel is traditional with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and boasts a portfolio of fifteen en-suite bedrooms including our stunning Jewel Suite. Our hotel is an ideal place for you to relax and unwind with its homely charm and friendly feel. The lounge bar or restaurant are ideal if you would like to dine and our menus offer great variety. We have live music playing every Saturday night.

+353 (0) 46 943 2283

Main Street, Athboy Co. Meath