Welcome to Tara


Although little remains other than humps and mounds on the hill (named from ancient texts), its historic and folkloric significance is immense.

Entrance to Tara is free and the site is always open. There are good explanatory panels by the entrance.


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$45.24 Day Trips & Excursions

Boyne Valley Tour from Dublin with Newgrange, Hill of Tara

Morning: Departng Dublin at 8am, you will meet your guide at the Gresham Hotel on O,Connell St in central Dublin and depart for the Boyne Valley Megalithic Temples/Tombs. After approximately 1.25 hours you will arrive at Boyne Valley Interpretive Centre, the Unesco World Heritage Site where you will visit the Newgrange Interpretive Centre. Tour the Newgrange or Knowth Temple and stop for a coffee before boarding the bus to travel on to the next destination. Please note, entrance to Newgrange/ Knowth is at own expense (approx. 7 Euros). (Depending on availability, Newgrange may be substituted with a visit to Knowth monument). Afternoon: At approximately 11:30am you will leave the  Boyne Valley Centre for the drive to  Bective Abbey  where we will spend time explore the ruins and then on to Trim Castle. Scenes for the movie Braveheart were shot here. Enjoy a tour of the castle which is the finest example of a Norman castle in Ireland, before enjoying a delicious lunch the Trim Castle Hotel (own expense). At approximately 2:30pm you will depart Trim Castle for the Hill of Tara, arriving at around 3pm. Here you will take a Hill of Tara tour that includes the Mound of the Hostages, the Stone of Destiny, Fort of the Kings (Coronation place of the High Kings of Ireland), the Well of the White Calf and the Fairy Tree. You will spend approximately two hours here and then depart for Dublin at around 5pm. The tour will conclude back at the Gresham Hotel on O,Connell St. in Dublin at around 6pm.

$40.60 Day Trips & Excursions

Newgrange, Castles, and Hill of Tara from Dublin

Your tour begins in Dublin city centre, where you will meet your guide and set out through the beautiful Boyne Valley. This is one of Ireland’s most important prehistoric areas and the surrounding landscape is dotted with ancient monuments and castles.After leaving Dublin, travel North West into the counties of Meath and Louth. Visit the ancient monument of Fourknocks, a small megalithic burial tomb, and see the Hill of Tara, the ancient high seat of the Celtic Kings of Ireland. Next, pay a visit to Trim Castle, where the movie Braveheart was filmed.After lunch (own expense), experience Slane Castle and the town that surrounds it. This is a short stop and photo opportunity to view the castle that is still lived in to this day. While you are there, hear how U2 recorded their album 'The Unforgettable Fire' in the castle.Continue to Newgrange, one of Ireland’s most impressive ancient monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, (You do not enter the Newgrange monument from this tour) then stop to admire the 6th century monastery of St Buite and Monasterboice.After a full-day excursion, head back to Dublin, where your tour ends around 5.30pm.

$510.40 Private & Custom Tours

Newgrange and Hill of Tara Private Tour from Dublin

You will be picked up directly from your place of stay and dropped back in Dublin city. You can opt to start your private guided tour anytime you wish. It's suggested starting early in order to avoid large queues at Newgrange. Newgrange is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to 3,200 BC. Newgrange entrance procedures are strictly first come first serve and you are currently unable to pre-book tickets online. Getting there early to avoid queues is always a good idea.  After Newgrange you'll move on to Boyne Valley where you can explore The Hill of Tara. Best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara was at the height of its power a political and religious center in the early centuries after Christ. Tara was believed by worshipers to be a dwelling place of the gods and an entrance to the world of eternal joy. Legend has it that Saint Patrick first traveled to Tara on his mission to Ireland. Hear all about Celtic High Kings along the way through stories told by your driving guide.  On the way back home your guide will stop of at Howth village. This is a great opportunity to get amazing photographs of the views of Dublin Bay along with the colorful fishing boats that dock in the bay. You'll most likely spot some of the many sea lions that hang around the bay looking for some fish of the trawlers. You may stop of for a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants that line up along the pier. You guide can recommend somewhere to eat based on your taste. Please note meal costs are excluded in the price.  As this is a private guided tour your guide is always open to changes in the itinerary. If you wish to see something else that captures your attention on the day, no problem. Just ask and your guide will accommodate you and your party. Your tour duration will last approximately six hours. You can opt to stay on for further hours with your guide if you wish, for an extra cost.  Please note entrance fees into the sites are excluded in the tour price. Entrance fees are priced approx €4-5 per adult at both sites. Reduced student, senior, and group rates are available at both Newgrange and Tara.  The tour uses a mixture of private guides and taxi guides. All guides are very friendly, experienced, passionate, and knowledgeable in the history of Ireland. Taxi guides give the advantage of using bus lanes in order to avoid being stuck in traffic around the city. Most of our vehicles are equipped with free Wi-Fi. Please ask your guide should you wish to use the Wi-Fi.  Please mention a start time for your tour in the notes. If you are unsure of a time, it's recommended to start around 8:30am to try and beat the queues at Newgrange. 

$1501.71 Outdoor Activities

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors is one of our best suited tours for people with a taste for nature but without some of our more extreme activities. This trip will provide you with a deep and refreshing detox from your office and city life. DAY 1Enjoy a complimentary luxury van ride from your Belgrade hotel or airport to the camp site. We meet at the airport on Sunday the 28th (Orthodox Easter Day), at 4pm or between 4.30pm and 5.30pm at your hotel. From there you will be taken to the camp site where your instructors will greet you and help set up camp. Dinner will be prepared and as you enjoy a traditional Serbian meal and some Orthodox Easter traditions, your instructors will brief you on the activities for the days ahead.  DAY 2We wake up early to catch the sunrise and enjoy the fresh mountain air. After breakfast we trek to the rock formations that the Serbian Special Forces use for their alpine training. Our instructors are a mix of military and civilian backgrounds and each have unique skills to share with you.  There is always a doctor on site as well. Beginners will start easy where more advanced individuals can attempt some more complex manoeuvres. DAY 3The following day is our nature survival day where your group will learn to navigate in nature, start a fire, build a shelter, set traps, and more. Not only will the skills you learn help you get through the day but will make for a really great story back home.  DAY 4On the fourth day we climb Trem, the summit of the Suva Planina. Its a challenging climb, but we have never had anyone back out. The view from the top and the feeling of success will stay with you for years. By the time you make it back to camp, the bus will be waiting to take you to our next destination - our river camp. We arrive just in time for dinner and if you so fancy, you may partake in some local music as well. DAY 5-6The next day we are driven deep into the mountains of Montenegro where we begin our canyoning and white water rafting experience. The Tara river will be our host over the next two days. Its a wild river and can really feel like a roller coaster at this time of the year. Our experienced instructors will help you navigate it an really enjoy your time to the fullest. With a successful descent we complete our course and spend most of the next day driving back to Belgrade. DAY 7You will have time to share some great photos and memories along the way and will arrive back to Belgrade just in time for dinner. Belgrade is known for good food and we will make sure you try some of the best delicacies the city has to offer. Although the dinner and hotel is included in the package, the tour ends here. If you wish you may enjoy a quiet night sleep, or if you have some energy to spare, party it up in some of the capitals best bars and clubs (not included in the fare though).

$652.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tour of Hill of Tara and Tombs of Loughcrew from Dublin

Come & see some of the most fascinating stories of Ireland. The area known as Ireland’s Ancient East is the home of the history and Story of Ireland. Here you will find an authentic and rich glimpse into the past.The Hill of Tara - where the High Kings of Ireland ruled the country from for thousands of years - is possibly one of the most important sites in Ireland.We drive through Tailteann where the ancient pre-Olympic Games of Ireland used to take place. The term the “Land of Saints and Scholars” is very well demonstrated in Kells – now on the Tentative List to be a World Heritage Site with Unesco – home of one of the world’s most precious manuscripts - The Book of Kells -  and the best technical farmers of medieval times. We then go up the road and see Ireland's biggest cemetery - Loughcrew Cairns - dating from nearly 2,000 years before the creation of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.We finish with a row up the Boyne Canal with Boyne Boats - in handmade traditional Irish boats that were used in the filming of Game of Thrones - Westeros meets the Battle of the Boyne! (minimum of 2 people - otherwise we visit the Battle of the Boyne Centre.) On the way we experience local foods - some wonderful foods - local people and Céad míle fáilte - the best hospitality in the world.

$661.73 Day Trips & Excursions

4-Day Small-Group Irish Castles and Gardens Tour from Dublin

Day 1: Dublin - Killaloe/BallinaYou depart Dublin and travel west through the Midlands to Emo Court House, an 18th century neoclassical mansion set in stunning parkland and gardens. There’s time for a stroll in the grounds and refreshments in the excellent tea rooms.Continuing west through the Slieve Bloom Mountains, you arrive at the unique Birr Castle. You can learn about the bygone age of scientific discovery at the Great Telescope, the largest in the world for over 70 years. The castle is a private residence but the substantial and beautiful grounds are open to the public, as are the excellent exhibitions. The tour continues south to the twin towns of Killaloe, Co Clare and Ballina, Co Tipperary - situated on the banks of the River Shannon - where you will spend your first night.Day 2: Killaloe/Ballina - Carrick on ShannonBegin the day travelling through the counties of Tipperary, Offaly and Roscommon, and experience the best of rural Ireland. You pass along the shores of Lough Derg and a scenic drive from here brings you to Clonmacnoise - an early Christian site in a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Shannon. You head through Athlone and then northwards alongside Lough Ree to the grandeur of Strokestown Park. This great mansion house sits in stunning grounds and hosts a fascinating museum about the great famine. From here, you drive a short distance to the bustling town of Carrick-on-Shannon, your home for the next two nights.Day 3: Northern Ireland A relaxed day exploring the Lakelands in County Leitrim awaits and County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. You visit Florence Court, one the grandest 18th century country houses in Ireland and a former home of the Earls of Enniskillen. The lush parkland and majestic grounds are the perfect opportunity for photos. You stop at the nearby historic market town of Enniskillen, where you can view the impressive 600 year old castle atop the banks of the River Erne. Later we head back to Carrick-on-Shannon where the rest of the day is yours to explore this popular inland resort. Day 4: Carrick on Shannon - DublinIn the morning we head to the heritage town of Kells and the famous monastic site where the Book of Kells was created. This phenomenal ancient treasure exhibits the height of medieval design and craftsmanship. You have time to take a leisurely lunch amongst the historic sites of St Columba’s Church and the traditional High Crosses. After lunch, you travel through the flourishing countryside to Trim Castle, the setting for the movie “Braveheart”. Relive the scenes from the film as you explore the massive three storied keep, a structure so large that it took over 30 years to build.Weather permitting; you head for the ancient Hill of Tara, the traditional seat of more than 140 Kings of Ireland. From this regal site, you head back to Dublin.

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