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Boyne Valley Cycle Loop Directions

Section 1

0 to 10km

From the train station, cycle out to the main road and turn right. The road bends left and splits to become a dual carriageway. You pass a church on your left and then a ruined wall.

At this very wide junction, turn right and you cross the River Boyne. At the first t-junction, turn left, and then left again at the second. This will take you along Wellington Quay. Take the first right, between the pedestrian bridge and the church, and then the first right on West Street.

You soon pass St Peter’s Church on your left. Go straight past it and soon you see St Laurence’s Gate ahead. Turn left just before you reach it.

Go left at the t-junction at the top of the hill. At the end of the road it splits in front of a ruin.

Go right here, and then immediately left on Patrick’s Street by a small green. After 400m you turn right at a t-junction with the R132.

Follow this road out of town, where you have a good shoulder. Turn left at the first roundabout you reach [5km marker]. Go right at the next roundabout, go steadily uphill and soon you pass over the motorway.

After 2.2km more of straight road you go through a crossroads. Ignore the next left turn as the main road bends right.

Section 2

10 – 20km

After another 1.6km, turn left at the t-junction you reach just after a hairpin bend, and then immediately right. It is 1.7km to Monasterboice, on your left.

Return back the 1.7km to the turnoff, and turn right to continue in the direction that you were going [15km marker]. The road bends left and you reach a t-junction with the R168.

Turn left on the bend, heading south. After 1.5km take the second right turn. This soon brings you to a crossroads, where the border with Louth is on the top of the hill to the right. You go straight to go into the Abbey.

Return to the crossroads and turn right, on the opposite side of the road to the gate.

Section 3

20 – 30km

Stay on this road for 2.8km until you reach a t-junction at the edge of the village of Tullyallen. Turn right.

Go through the crossroads you reach and this will bring you to a crossroads with the N51. Go right through, over the Boyne, and you will soon see the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre on your right.

On leaving the visitor centre, turn left and return [25km marker] to the N51, turning left again there. Cycle beside the Boyne for a kilometre before taking the first left turn.

Follow this road for 3.1km through several turns and you will see the high mound of Dowth in a field on your left, along with a sign for it. There is a good view of Newgrange from the top.

Section 4

30 – 40km

Continue the way you were going and turn left when you reach a t-junction. You go around 3 bends and soon see Newgrange in a field.

Continue straight ahead and up the hill. Turn left at the t-junction you reach and you soon see Knowth in a field on your left.

Continue in the direction you were going and turn left at the t-junction with the N51 [35km marker]. From here it is 2.9km in to the centre of Slane. At the large crossroads in the village, turn right, up the hill.

After the road bends right, take the first left at a small green. It is signed Hill of Slane. Follow this uphill and the site will be near the road on your left.

Return down the hill.

Section 5

40 – 50km

Go straight through the main crossroads and over the Boyne. Soon after, take the first left turn down a narrow road. After 2.7km, turn left at the t-junction you reach. Stay [45km marker] on this road and you will see the visitor centre on your left.

Continue east the way you were going.

Section 6

50 – 57km

You soon reach the village of Donore. Stay on the main road as it turns sharply left in the village.

Leave Donore and keep on the main road. After 2.4km you go straight through two roundabouts on either side of a bridge over the motorway. You reach the outskirts of Drogheda and go through a third roundabout.

Stay on this road until [55km marker] you reach a crossroads by the Boyne which you passed through earlier. Turn right past the ruins of a wall and cycle around the corner on the road to the train station.