Took the Celtic Boyne Valley Tour on April 2. Our tour guide was Stephen, and the driver was Charlie. The tour was changed recently, and includes Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, Loughcrew, and the Hill of Uisneach. There were about 30 of us on the tour bus/coach.
Timing-wise, everything went well. We did the itinerary in the reverse order from their website, but that's OK. Unfortunately for us the weather was pretty dismal -- rainy and cold.Tara and Trim were nice to see. Uisneach a bit less so -- not that much there really.
The highlight for me was the cairn at Loughcrew. Be aware, that it is a good hike up a hill, but I am old and fat and I was able to do it. But, as their website recommends, you MUST wear good walking shoes -- I recommend hiking boots/shoes. It was bitterly cold when we were there, raining hard, and the wind was really strong...going up my glasses were so covered in water that I couldn't see anything. I was thankful that I had a good heavy winter coat, gloves, woolly hat, and a walking stick. A couple of people slipped, so be careful! I was pretty miserable on the hike up itself, but when I reached the top it was so worth it -- the top of that hill is quite a desolate location, and it was eerily beautiful with the different rock rings/formations, and cairns. We were able to crouch down and enter the tomb in groups of 9 or so (was pretty cramped in there) and see the very cool rock carvings. On the way down, an older gentleman slipped and fell quite hard -- he and his wife decided to quit the tour and get checked out at a local hospital -- again, wear proper footwear and take your time and you'll be OK.
Charlie was great -- very funny and friendly man and great at maneuvering the coach. Stephen was awesome -- made each visit entertaining and informative at the same time.
This was the highlight of my trip to Ireland. Thank you Charlie and Stephen!!
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