Spire of Lloyd (Kells)
Located on the Oldcastle road into Kells, approximately 15 minutes from Loughcrew, offers a one of a kind, an inland lighthouse, designed by Henry Aaron Baker (designer of the King’s Inn, Dublin) for the First Earl of Bective in memory of his father Sir Thomas Taylor in 1791 and provide work during the time of a local famine.At the summit of the tower on a clear day it is possible to see as far a s the Mourne mountains in county Down.
Seven Wonders of Fore
The Seven Wonders of Fore are a marvellous day out, located 10 minutes from Loughcrew is the small village of Fore and Fore Abbey which was built in 630AD by St. Fechin. The seven wonders of Fore are:
- The water that flows uphill
- The monestary in the bog
- The mill without a race
- The water that won’t boil
- The tree that has 3 branches or The tree that won’t burn
- The anchorite in the stone
- The stone raised by St. Fechin’s prayer
Trim Castle, located 30 minutes from Loughcrew, is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, was constructed over a thirty-year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. Hugh de Lacy was granted the Liberty of Meath by King Henry II in 1172 in an attempt to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare, (Strongbow). Construction of the massive three storied Keep, the central stronghold of the castle, was begun c. 1176 on the site of an earlier wooden fortress. This massive twenty-sided tower, which is cruciform in shape, was protected by a ditch, curtain wall and moat.
Slane is steeped in history and with the river Boyne flowing below the Castle, it has a mystical quality. The Hill of Slane, which overlooks the Castle, is where St. Patrick lit his paschal fire, following which he was summoned by the High King to Tara, and Ireland was subsequently converted to Christianity. Nearby is Newgrange, one of the earliest and most significant and dramatic structures in Western Europe. The historic Battle of the Boyne was fought just downriver.
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.
Battle of the Boyne
The Battle of the Boyne took place in 1688 between William and James fighting for the throne of England. Once you are at the grounds be transported back in time to when the battle occured.