Prehistoric Ireland

Polnabrone Dolmen, Burren
Polnabrone Dolmen, Burren
Newgrange world Heritage Site
Newgrange world Heritage Site
Megalithic passage tomb, Newgrange
Megalithic passage tomb, Newgrange
Trinity College, Dublin
Trinity College, Dublin
Trinity College Library, Dublin
Trinity College Library, Dublin
St Patricks Cathedral, Dublin
St Patricks Cathedral, Dublin
Castle Gate, County Galway
Castle Gate, County Galway
Carrowmore megalithic cemetery
Carrowmore megalithic cemetery
Megalithic architecture
Megalithic architecture
Granite Bowl inside of Newgrange Passage Tomb. Credit: Debra Marie Barnhart
Granite Bowl inside of Newgrange Passage Tomb. Credit: Debra Marie Barnhart
Dr. Kelli Ann Malone lecturing on tour. Credit: Debra Marie Barnhart
Dr. Kelli Ann Malone lecturing on tour. Credit: Debra Marie Barnhart

See the iconic Megalithic sites of Newgrange & Knowth

Experience the fascinating prehistory of Ireland. The monumental passage tomb of Newgrange is but one of the highlights on this tour that takes in Dublin, the Boyne Valley, Carrowmore, mystical Galway, and the island of Inis Mor. Famous for its Celtic remains, Ireland has so much to offer archaeological enthusiasts. Join us to discover impressive burial monuments and captivating archaeological sites of earliest Ireland, all of which are scattered across this verdant isle.

  • Take a boat trip to the island of Inis Mor and visit Dun Aengus
  • View one of the largest examples of an Irish Court Tomb at Creevykeel
  • Admire the collection of prehistoric artefacts at the National Museum of Dublin
  • Visit the Hill of Tara with over 30 visible monuments, including the Stone of Destiny

Themes

  • Prehistory
  • Great Cities

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

London - Dublin

We fly to Dublin, a city founded by Vikings and where the River Liffey meets the Irish Sea. We enjoy a city walk, followed by a visit to Trinity College to view the famous Book of Kells. Our last stop of the day will be at the elaborate 12th century structure of St. Patrick’s Cathedral before we check into our hotel.

Hotel: Overnight in Dublin
Meals: Lunch & dinner included

Day 2

Hill of Tara

Our adventure today begins at Fourknocks, a burial chamber discovered in 1949. Here we have the chance to step inside the main tomb and marvel at a rare carving of a Neolithic face. The highlight of the day is a visit to the Hill of Tara, which was, according to legend, once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. We will wander the Iron Age hilltop enclosure and view the so-called Stone of Destiny. This afternoon we spend time in the capital’s exceptional National Museum, delving into its fine exhibition on prehistoric Ireland. The artefacts include a remarkable 4,500-year-old longboat and the reconstruction of a passage tomb.

Hotel: Overnight in Dublin
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

Newgrange - Knowth

This morning we journey to Newgrange, a monumental burial mound from the Neolithic period, which pre-dates both Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza. From here, we enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Knowth, situated in the Boyne Valley. Knowth is home to over twothirds of all the known Megalithic art of Western Europe.

Hotel: Overnight in Dublin
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

Loughcrew - Creevykeel

We head for Loughcrew - a rugged group of partially engraved Megalithic carvings - and then our journey moves onto the coastal town of Sligo. This area’s natural harbour once saw trade from Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Following lunch, we encounter one of the best and largest examples of an Irish Court Tomb at Creevykeel.

Hotel: Overnight in Sligo
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Carrowmore - Carrowkeel

Today’s highlight is our visit to Carrowmore, considered as the largest prehistoric cemetery of Ireland. 30 monuments are still visible on site. After lunch, we will wonder around the Carrowkeel megalithic complex, one of the most important Neolithic centres of prehistoric Ireland.

Hotel: Overnight in Sligo
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

Poulnabrone - Galway

We start our day with a scenic drive south to the delightful city of Galway, on the shores of the North Atlantic, a settlement originally established in the 12th century. En route, there will be stops to view Drumanone Dolmen and Castlestrange Stone. After lunch, we journey to Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren, one of the most iconic archaeological monuments of the island. Upon arrival in Galway, we visit the Prehistoric collection in the Galway City Museum and end the day with a city walk.

Hotel: Overnight in Galway
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 7

Inis Mor

On our last full day we catch a ferry across to Inis Mor, a magnificent island bearing a wealth of sites and monuments. We visit Dun Aengus – the largest prehistoric hillfort on the Aran Islands. The impressive enclosure walls are dramatically situated on the edge of a steep cliff above the sea.

Hotel: Overnight in Galway
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

Galway - Dublin - London

We travel back to Dublin to return home.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  5. Field Notes
  6. Hotels
  7. Flights

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2020 Tour Details

Sun 28th Jun - Sun 5th Jul

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£2,445

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Sun 2nd Aug - Sun 9th Aug

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£2,545

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