Ireland’s Ancient East

Slane Castle, one of the most exciting historic buildings 
on the island.

Situated in the stunningly beautiful Boyne Valley, Slane is steeped in history and with the river Boyne flowing below the Castle, it has a mythical quality. There is lots to see and do in the Boyne Valley, check out some highlights below….

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Slane Castle with blue skies
A yurt in a field Rock Farm Slane
River Boyne with the Castle in the distance

Rock Farm Slane

Rock Farm Slane is a 90-acre award-winning organic farm, designed with permaculture principles, on the historic Slane Castle Estate.

Led by the pioneering, aristocratic farmer Carina Conyngham (Countess of Mount Charles) and her family, a tour of the farm offers insights into daily life for the self-sufficient and hard-working Conynghams.

See fruit and vegetable market gardens, the fully sustainable eco glamping spaces, the happily roaming farm chickens, Dexter cattle, rare breed pigs and fields filled with the barley.

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Boyne Valley Drive

Follow in the footsteps of Irelands ancient High Kings and wander through 9,000 years of rich Irish history on the 190km or 120mile Boyne Valley Scenic Drive, County Meath.

The epicentre of Irelands Ancient East, county Meath is still known as the Royal County as High Kings have sat here since the second century AD. This road trip will let you experience the magic of Irelands ancient landscape and some of Ireland’s greatest heritage sites.

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Brú na Bóinne

Just 9 kilometres from Slane Castle lies the World Heritage Site of Brú na Boinne. The archaeological landscape is dominated by the three well-known large passage tombs, Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth, built some 5,000 years ago in the Neolithic or Late Stone Age. The Brú na Bóinne tombs, in particular Knowth, contain the largest assemblage of megalithic art in Western Europe.

The new state of the art, immersive visitor experience focuses on the monuments of the World Heritage Site during the Neolithic period. The exhibits explore the seasonal nature of Stone Age society, the significance of the solar cycle, ceremonies and the monument building process.

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Slane Food Circle Artisan Food Tours

The Slane Food Circle offers the opportunity to meet like-minded artisan producers on their farms and in their workplaces to understand what living on and from the land means to them and their families.

You will see how both ancient traditions and a deep connection with the Boyne Valley landscape influences the food they produce and learn the centuries old, often single-ingredient methods that they honour. Tours include a food or drink tasting at each stop.

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Water Sports on the River Boyne

Boyne Valley Activities offer a wide range of eco-tourism experiences and high octane activities including white water rafting, kayaking and exclusive heritage river tours on the River Boyne.

With 12km of river for you to explore, the Boyne Blueway is a different day out. You can take easy access routes that give you plenty of craic. You can go on longer paddles that take you deep into idyllic countryside.

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