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These two extensive sites themselves are enough to provide an insight into the lives of our ancient cousins from the Neolithic Age.Another full day will be spent exploring the wide range of ancient and historical sites on the beautiful open limestone landscapes of the Burren National Park, including ancient abbey and monastic settlements and Neolithic dolmens and chambered tombs and much more on this grand mystical sites tour of ancient Ireland.The start and meeting place will be the ferry terminal in Holyhead, After our ferry from Holyhead arrives in Dublin we will head west across Ireland to the beautiful and historic town of Athlone our base for the next six nights.

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We will then visit the Monastic centre of Early Christian known as Clonmacnoise, founded by St.

Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the Shannon.

The site includes the remains of a cathedral, seven churches (10th -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe.

The lands of our ancestors the Neolithic Stone Builders stretched from the Scottish isles and down the west coast of England following the ancient trading route south and spreading out east into England and west into Ireland.

The ancient sites of County Meath are some of the most significant in the World and on this ancient and mystical sites of Ireland tour, we will visit the famous Newgrange and Knowth chambered tombs as well as the Loughcrewe chambered cairns and the Fourknocks passage tomb all in the Boyne Valley.

The Hill of Tara, Ireland’s ancient seat of Kings, will be an awe-inspiring experience that fires the imagination.We will call at Fore with its unexpected collection of ancient buildings and peculiar myths (Town of the Seven Wonders), hiding away within the surrounding hills, before calling at the historic town of Kells, the Celtic home of the ‘Book of Kells’.Our ancient and mystical sites tour of the Emerald Isle will be based in the historic town of Athlone on the banks of the river Shannon and in the geographic centre of Ireland, where we will be staying in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis.On the first day we will call at the wonderful collection of ecclesiastic buildings that form the ancient Monastic site of Clonmacnoise on the outskirts of Athlone.We will also have a well- deserved free day in Athlone with its picturesque riverside views and walks, shops, bars and restaurants all providing the authentic Irish atmosphere and of course the ‘Craic’.We will spend a day visiting the Carrowmore Ancient Cemetery, in the county of Sligo, the location of the best collection of megalithic sites in Ireland and then the amazing remote hill top cairns of Carrowkeel.

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