Prehistoric Ireland

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

Experience the fascinating Prehistory of Ireland. Travel through the rugged landscape with one of the leading experts in Irish Archaeology, Dr Kelli Ann Malone. The monumental passage tomb of Newgrange – with its widely known stone carvings – is but one of the highlights on a tour that takes in Dublin, the Boyne Valley, Carrowmore, mystical Galway, and the island of Inis Mor. Particularly famous for its Celtic remains, Ireland has so much to offer archaeological enthusiasts.

This is more than just a tour for the Prehistoric purists. Join us to discover impressive burial monuments and captivating archaeological sites of earliest Ireland, scattered across this most verdant of isles.

  • Admire artefacts at the National Museum in Dublin
  • Visit the Hill of Tara - legendary seat of power in Ireland
  • Boat trip to Inis Mor
  • Enjoy a scenic drive to the delightful city of Galway
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Ireland

Themes

  • Prehistory
  • Great Cities

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

Our tour starts with an afternoon visit to 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: Lunch & dinner included

Day 2

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. Back in Dublin, the afternoon is free to either explore the city on our own, pay a visit to the Old Library of Trinity College, home to the magnificent Book of Kells, or to visit the elaborate 12th century structure of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Later we pay a visit to the elaborate 12th century structure of St Patrick´s Cathedral. Built on the site at which Saint Patrick conducted baptisms in the 5th century AD, the cathedral became Ireland’s national cathedral in the late 1800s. The author and essayist Jonathan Swift was its dean for some 32 years.

Hotel: Overnight in Dublin
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

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 two thirds of all the known Megalithic art of Western Europe.

Hotel: Overnight in Dublin
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

This morning our adventures kick off at Fourknocks, a burial chamber discovered in 1949. Here we have a chance to step inside the main tomb, where we find a very rare example of a human face from the Neolithic period.

After exploring some of the other sites of the Boyne Valley we head for Loughcrew, a rugged group of Megalithic cairns, some of which still bear elegant engravings.

Our journey continues north-west to the coastal town of Sligo, gateway to an abundance of significant archaeological sites. Sligo’s name is thought to derive from an Irish word meaning “shelly place”. Its natural harbour once saw trade from Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans.

Hotel: Overnight in Sligo
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

It’s time to see the treasures of Sligo. The highlight of our morning is our visit to Carrowmore, one of the most comprehensive burial complexes in Ireland. Beside the waters of a tranquil bay we find 30 Megalithic monuments of varying sizes, thought to be some of the oldest in existence. An engaging visitor centre sheds light on the site’s history, and explores the discovery that up to 100 tombs once stood on this gorgeous location.

Following lunch we encounter one of the best and largest examples of an Irish Court Tomb at Creevykeel: a majestic ruin of cairns and standing stones.

Hotel: Overnight in Sligo
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

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 some stops to view further prehistoric tombs. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a walk through the city, ending at the local museum. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore Galway at your own leisure.

Hotel: Overnight in Galway
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

On our last full day we catch a ferry across to Inis Mór, 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

This morning we pay a visit to the Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren, one of the most iconic archaeological monuments of the island. After, we transfer to the airport for our individual flights home or onward travel.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

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2019 Tour Details

Sun 23rd June - Sun 30th June

Available

Guaranteed Departure

$3,303

without flights

sgl supp: $595

PIR19A

Led By: Dr Kelli Ann Malone

Sun 21st July - Sun 28th July

Available

$3,295

without flights

sgl supp: $595

PIR19B

Led By: Dr Kelli Ann Malone

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