The Hill of Slane

Drogheda Louth to Dublin

Distance: 108km
Climbing: 548m

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This tour visits a vast array of important historic sites in the Boyne Valley before riding into Dublin.

There are a few small hills in the first half of the route but after you leave the Hill of Tara it is flat all the way back to Dublin.

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 well-known 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.

The 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 location means it has numerous historic sites.

Hill of Tara – this archaelogical complex is said to be the traditional seat of the High Kings of Ireland.

The Phoenix Park in Dublin is a large park in the heart of the city.

The Wellington Monument is an obelisk dedicated to the Duke of Wellington.

The Papal Cross was the site of a gathering of one million people at a mass by the Pope in 1979.

Drogheda Louth to Dublin Useful Info

The closer you get to Dublin, the more traffic you are likely to encounter.

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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