We all love packing up and heading off for a trip to a wonderful destination. Sometimes these trips can be costly, and we are all looking for activities that don’t break the bank. Never fear- there are lots of options in the Boyne Valley in Ireland that don’t cost anything! Here are our top ten things to do for FREE in the Boyne Valley.
Discover the pretty town of Athboy this year and 13 separate stops along its heritage trail. Discover St James Church, the metal footbridge, the engine house of the railway station, the Fairgreen and much more. You can download the guide on our website here. Situated just 2 kilometres from the town is the Hill of Ward or Tlachtga. This important prehistoric site is known for its connections with the origins of Samhain (Halloween). The hill is on private land so please respect all notices. Remember to leave only footprints and take only memories.
When you visit the Boyne Valley you are treated to not one but 3 different greenways to enjoy. Bring the bike or a good pair of walking shoes and visit The Royal Canal Greenway, The Boyne Greenway or the newly opened sections of the Boyne Valley to Lakelands Greenway.
A team of Drogheda locals came together to map four walks which highlight the natural beauty, built heritage and historical wealth of Drogheda town. The walks range in length from the 1.5km ‘Five Bridges’ walk, to the 6.5km ‘Steps’ walk. The 4km historical ‘Walls’ walk and the pretty ‘Spires and Towers’ walks traverse both sides of the river and reveal great views. This is the perfect way to spend an afternoon! You can download a copy of the guide on our website here.
Visit the bustling centre of County Meath in Navan and take one of two great trails around the town. Learn all about the history of the town on the Navan Points of Pride trail that takes in 15 different spots on both sides of the river Boyne. The Navan Sculpture Trail features 15 public art pieces by artists of international reputation. These are your perfect instagramable shots around Navan. Both trails can be done along side each other and you will find downloadable guides for both on our website here.
The beautiful village of Slane should be on your bucket list for 2022. Visit Slane Castle, Slane Distillery, the Hill of Slane and so much more. Slane Historic Trail is a great way to explore the town and takes in 17 points of interest including the old school, Rock House, Slane Mills and more. You can download the guide from our website here.
Somewhere to get lost and really connect with nature. Kells Girley Bog Eco Walk is a 3.5 miles/ 5.6 km waymarked National Loop. It covers varying landscape of forest and bogland. The terrain is flat and uneven and walking boots are recommended. There is a wonderful variety of birdlife, plant, and animal life and this is displayed through several interpretive panels along the walk.
Discover the heritage town of Trim by following the Trim Historic Trail. The trail starts and finishes at the visitor centre and takes in 20 different sites of historical interest. Visit the tomb of the Jealous Man and Woman, shout at the Echo Gate, discover the Yellow Steeple, Trim Castle and so much more. You can download the map from our website here.
One of many heritage sites dotted around the Boyne Valley. The Hill of Tara stands out as the jewel in the crown of the Boyne Valley landscape. A site that has been in use for more than 5000 years as a place of burial and assembly. From its rolling slopes one can see all the way to the other great sites of the Boyne Valley, including Loughcrew Cairns, the Hill of Slane, Trim Castle and beyond.
Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach? And they are in plentiful supply here in the Boyne Valley. County Louth and County Meath have some stunning beaches that stretch for miles along the coast. They can be enjoyed by families (don’t forget the bucket and spade!), walkers, runners and those who want to lie back and relax!
Conquer the highest point in County Meath
If you love the feeling of the wind in your hair and epic views then why not take a trek up to the highest point in county Meath- Loughcrew Cairns. The short hike brings you up a well-worn path to the Loughcrew complex. This is a megalithic cemetery containing around 30 passage tombs and is situated around the summit of three hills near the town of Oldcastle, Co. Meath. Visitors are asked not to climb on the cairns and to leave no trace of their visit.
Remember to pay a visit to our bars, restaurants and accommodation providers on your trip to the Boyne Valley. Don’t be afraid to ask the locals about their hidden gems and the best places to visit in their locality. This is where the adventure begins this Spring- right here in the Boyne Valley!
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