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Boyne Valley

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Boyne Valley

Planning Ireland Holiday for June next year. Would like to spend two or three days exploring the dense population of historical sites in the Boyne. Will not have a car and plan on public transportation and commercial day tours. Is it feasible to stay in Trim? and connect to tours or use public bus/coach to main sites in the Valley. Would rat her not go into Dublin to get tour then go out of Dublin to the Boyne.

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Hi there,

I'm not so sure that Trim is the best location for public transport in the area. The main bus hub is in Drogheda, from which you can take a bus to Bru na Boinne (Newgrange), route 163 although the service is limited to one a day, leaving Drogheda at 11:15 and returning from Newgrange at 15:15, Monday-Saturday.

Dowth, Knowth , Oldbridge (Battle of Boyne Site) and also Mellifont, & Monasterboice are all accessible from Drogheda.

The following are links you'll find helpful and if you've any more questions I'll try to help.

www.buseireann.ie for local bus services Tel 00353 41 9835023

www.meathtourism.ie lists heritage sites

www.brunaboinne.opw.ie the official Newgrange site

Hope this helps. B

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Hi Vulch

Unfortunately Public Transport between the historical sites in Co Meath is virtually non-existant. All the sites are in rural areas and no-one has seized the opportunity to run shuttles between the sites. Is there no possibility you could hire a car? To be honest, the secondary roads in Co Meath are good and easy to drive and would open up a better experience for you.

Trim would be a central town to visit the sites in Co Meath, but without your own transport could be a nightmare. One company which may be able to help you out and map an itinerary for you - http://www.beautifulmeath.com/Index.htm

As Bikies has mentioned, Drogheda, over the border in Co Louth would have the central bus depot for the area - but has a higher concentration of services to/from Dublin/Belfast and less and less frequent rural services. Again you are limited to 1 service to Bru na Boinne per day, limited timetable on Route 188 to Trim, via Slane & Navan www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1284376007-188.pdf : No service to Loughcrew, you would have to get a connection bus from Navan to get left off in the vicinity of Tara. No service to Oldbridge for Battle of the Boyne site, Old Mellifont Abbey or Monasterboice (unless you were prepared to walk somewhat from drop-off) if you wanted to explore some of the closer Louth gems too. Lots of time would be wasted in travelling between sites.

This link gives public transport options in-and-around Co Meath http://www.meath.ie/Tourism/GettingAround/

Having your own transport would open up far more options for you - stopping at Dunmoe Tower, Bective Abbey, Fourknocks http://www.knowth.com/fourknocks.htm or crossing over the border to Fore in Co Westmeath http://www.megalithicireland.com/Fore.htm

Basically, to answer your question - public transport wouldnt be an option to explore all Co Meath has to offer. You could hit some of the sites - but within time constraints and not at a leisurely, enjoyable pace - and miss out on more than you get to visit.

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