The view from the Hill of Slane

Boyne Valley Cycle Loop

Distance: 57km
Climbing: 533m

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The Boyne Valley is one of Ireland’s richest heritage areas and is only a short distance from Dublin. It is characterised by low hills on either side of the River Boyne.

This route takes you past all of the most important attractions in the area. Seeing them by bicycle is a great option.

Attractions

Millmount Martello Tower was the site of a masscre of 200 soldiers during the siege of Drogheda in 1649.

St Peter’s Church, Drogheda – in the 1649 siege of Drogheda by Oliver Cromwell and his army, the steeple of the church was set on fire, killing around 100 people who had taken refuge inside it.

St Laurence’s Gate is part of the Drogheda Walls and is an unusually large Barbican.

Monasterboice is famous for its 10th Century High Crosses and 35-metre-high round tower.

Old Mellifont Abbey was founded in 1142 and was used by William of Orange as his headquarters during the Battle of The Boyne.

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre commemorates the 1690 battle between Catholic King James and the victorious Protestant King William (William of Orange).

Dowth is a Neolithic passage tomb. Access to the site is unrestricted but the chambers cannot be entered.

Newgrange is an icon of Ireland and has been beautifully restored. You get a good view from the road or you can enter it on a guided tour from Bru na Boinne.

Knowth is the largest of the three passage grave sites and dates from around 2000BC.

The Hill of Slane’s prominence and traditional importance means it has numerous historic sites.

Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre gives you access to Newgrange and Knowth – this is only done by guided tour.

Boyne Valley Cycle Loop Useful Info

You spend most of the day on backroads but it is nevertheless a popular area with tourists.

Irish Rail runs over a dozen trains a day from Dublin to Drogheda. The intercity service to Belfast offers free bike spaces in a wagon. There are also trains from Belfast.

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