The Boyne Valley

Today was a great day. We took a Celtic Day Tour throughout the Boyne Valley. We started with the Hill of Tara. This is a sacred place, very important in Celtic history. It is beautiful, unspoiled, with magnificent views. The Celts picked a high hill to be close to the gods.

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The High King was chosen on Tara. He would then touch this coronation stone. It is called Lia Fail or the Screaming Stone. If it screamed three times, he would be a great king. For the record, I touched it…nothing.

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Here is a view from Tara. The lumps in the grass in the foreground are foundations of structures on Tara.

In ancient Ireland, Tara was revered as a dwelling of the gods and an entrance to the Otherworld.

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This is a Fairy Tree. A Hawthorne that grows by itself is considered to be a fairy fort. You can see coloured rags tied to the tree. These are ribbons or coloured bits of clothing…for wishes. There are some who still believe in Fairies.

Next stop Trim Castle.

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Trim Castle is a Norman Castle built in the twelfth century. It is the largest Anglo Norman Castle in Ireland. It sits beside the Boyne River and is quite lovely. Its most recent claim to fame is that it was used in the filming of the movie Braveheart.

And then it was on to Loughcrew Passage Tomb. The Celts built many passage tombs. Most are positioned so the light comes through the passage on two days a year. Either the winter and summer solstices, like Newgrange or the equinoxes.

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You can see the entrance here. The tomb consists of a passage surrounded by three chambers. Large stones in the chambers are decorated with Celtic symbols. As the light illuminates them, the symbols become clear. Since it was not either equinox today, we used a flashlight to see the markings..

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Here is the back chamber.

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This is one of the side chambers. Beautiful!

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Loughcrew is up on top of a hill. As you can see, the view is spectacular!

After a lovely lunch in a little cafe, we piled back on the bus to head toward our next destination. Monasterboice. This is the ruin of an abbey. It contains a round tower and three Celtic crosses. .

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Here is the Round Tower.

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And here is one of the crosses. You can see how clear the detail is. It is one of the best preserved crosses in Ireland. The scenes on the front and the back of the cross depict events from the Bible..Christian events. But on the sides are Celtic symbols. A mixing of the two cultures.

By now it was getting dark. So back to Dublin we went for a nice dinner and a pint.
The perfect end to a perfect day!

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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5 Responses to The Boyne Valley

  1. Loving the Blog.. Your trip is wonderful.

  2. wspines says:

    Hi There
    Am enjoying everything about your trip.
    carole

  3. tara says:

    Enjoyed your pictures at Tara. Would love to print and frame a couple when I finish a layout for a room I want. Do you sell copies? I am specifically interested in the view from Tara, and the Fairy Tree. Haven’t seen what you took in Wicklow yet. When I was in Ireland these are the places that drew my tears. I never wanted to leave. Thank you for sharing.

    • pattigail says:

      I am glad you are enjoying the pictures. Ireland is such a magical place. I do love it there. I have never before been asked for prints. I am quite flattered. My husband is a photographer and he also has photos of Ireland. And he does prints. Let me check with him. Meanwhile check out his website. http://www.billrowleyphotography.com I will email you with more details. 🍀

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