It was a summer like no other here in the Boyne Valley. All our hospitality and tourism providers were excited to reopen from last June and happy to see the return of domestic tourism to our region. As well as welcoming new and returning visitors to the birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East, we also welcomed a few special visitors who very kindly spread the word of the Boyne Valley far and wide across the Country. Here is a roundup of their trips, where they stayed and visited and all the fantastic activities, they took part in.
Food & Drink
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. This pause for tea became a fashionable social event and has developed over the years into a gastronomic experience enjoyed by young and old. To experience the best of the afternoon tea tradition, indulge yourself with a trip to one of our hotels, restaurants, or cafés to sample the best of afternoon tea in the Boyne Valley.
Below is a list of our top spots to enjoy the best mid-afternoon delight.
Over the past ten years several new distilleries have been popping up across the Island of Ireland. Great news for drinks enthusiasts. The experience of visiting a distillery to see where your favourite tipple is made is becoming more and more popular. Ireland has a great history of distilling whiskey and Irish whiskey is now the fastest growing spirit in the world. On the other hand, gin is now the fastest growing spirit among Irish consumers. Many distilleries decided to start making gin while waiting for their whiskey to mature and so the popularity of the spirit has soared.
School is back and the normal routine for parents of making lunches, dropping off the kids and homework begins. Now is the perfect time for parents, and everyone else to get away for a mid-week break without the kids! The weather is still on our side and, with amazing accommodation offerings, relaxing pubs and restaurants, beautiful scenic walks and heritage sites around every corner, the Boyne Valley is the perfect destination for a mid-week break.
There is so much to see and do in the birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East. Here is a list of our top places to stay and visit.
A wise man once said- “There are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met”. And where better to meet new people and hear great stories than in a Boyne Valley Pub. The 26th of June saw Pubs in Ireland reopen their doors again and welcome customers inside. For many publicans it was a day that they had been waiting patiently for, for 9 months- some longer. A true Irish holiday always involves a trip to the local pub, whether its to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a music session, it never disappoints.
This summer was all about reconnecting with family, visiting our nearest and dearest and venturing out again after a long winter in lockdown. Now its time to start reconnecting with friends and the Boyne Valley is the perfect destination to play a getaway with the girls!
There is no doubt that this is the summer of the great outdoors. The weather has been glorious, our sunsets have been epic and we have been spoiled for choice when it comes to dining outside in the Boyne Valley. Restrictions are constantly being eased and from last Monday, the 26th of July, we are permitted to dine inside again as long as we are fully vaccinated. Many restaurants, cafes and hotels in the Boyne Valley will give you an option of inside dining, outside dining or both!
There is no doubt that the Boyne Valley offers an extensive list of options for your overnight stay in the area. Our towns and countryside are home to some amazing hotels to visit this summer. Down through the years, the Boyne Valley has established an excellent reputation for hospitality. No more so than in the smaller accommodation providers like our bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and our camping, glamping, and motorhome parks.
Last week Michelle Walsh Jackson (The Novel Traveller) told the Elaine Show on Virgin Media One all about her recent adventures in the Boyne Valley.