Introduction To The Boyne Valley
This website was developed to help people experience the beautiful Boyne Valley. The Boyne Valley is located in the North East of Ireland in the counties of Meath and Louth. Meath is home to one of the largest and most important megalithic sites in Europe which makes it a world heritage site.
The ancient inhabitants of Ireland built huge burial tombs on the edges of the River Boyne and on hilltop sights such as Tara. The Neolithic passage tombs of Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange which are older than the Egyptian pyramids and pre-dates the Stone Age by 1000 years.
The area had a big importance in pre Christian times when the high kings of Ireland seated at the Hill of Tara. The Samhain festival was celebrated by the old druids of Ireland on the Hill of Ward.
St Patrick brought Christianity to the region and was forever associated with the Hill of Slane for lighting the Pascal fire on it in direct defiance to the high king and the druids. The early Christian influence can be seen at Monasterboice and in Kells.
The Norman settlers in the Middle Ages from England and Wales built huge castles at Trim to defend against the native Irish. This castle that is located at Trim and is the largest remaining Norman castle in Europe.
The area also hosted the most famous battle in the history of the Irish and English people The Battle Of The Boyne. This battle took place on the 1st of July 1690 and saw James II get defeated by William III.
The mixture of heritage, history, magic and myth combined with allot of attraction and activities in the area make The Boyne Valley one of Ireland’s most iconic and visited tourist destinations.