The High Man Tour 1
Millmount Museum and Craft Center
It is the oldest surviving man made structure in the town, with a dynamic history and many stories to tell.
Oldbridge House and Museum
The Battle of the Boyne was fought in 1690 between two rival claimants of the English, Scottish and Irish thrones - the Catholic King James and the Protestant King William, who had deposed James in 1688.
The battle, won by William, was a turning point in James' unsuccessful attempt to regain the crown and ultimately helped ensure the continuation of Protestant supremacy in Ireland.
A light lunch will be served in the Restaurant.
Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, however Newgrange is now recognised to be much more than a passage tomb. Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance, much as present day cathedrals are places of prestige and worship where dignitaries may be laid to rest.
The first Cistercian monastery in Ireland founded in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh, its most unusual feature is the octagonal Lavabo c. 1200. The Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages with fine xamples of their craft on display. Access to site by stone stairway.
Hill of Slane
The Hill of Slane, easily accessible, provides a vantage point from which to view a landscape containing some of Ireland's most historic sites.
There is much to stimulate the imagination and to speculate about concerning the hill itself.
The original monastry on the top of the Hill of Slane is believed to have been founded by St. Erc.
There is also the legend that St. Patrick lit the fire on the Hill of Slane to celebrate Easter in the year 433 AD.
Did Dagobert 11, King of Austrasia in Gaul 674 - 687 AD, spend his childhood being educated in the safety of the monastry of Slane, as oral tradition holds?