So this is our first driving holiday with me as the driver…dum dum duuuummm! So we hire a car from Dublin airport which is relatively inexpensive and easy to arrange. We drive out to Co. Meath from Dublin which is an easy hour drive and we arrive in Slane which has a fabulous farm food shop, Hugo’s Farm Food Shop…very yum. There is a big castle in Slane which we do not visit, but instead we continue on a bit further to Newgrange.
The only access to Newgrange and the other Neolithic sites is through the visitor centre. When you arrive your option you have several options, we choose just to visit Newgrange. The ticket cost includes the visitor centre and the bus to the site as well as the admission to the site. Newgrange admission is 7 euros which I think is great value.
Newgrange itself is pretty spectacular. Its imposing and gets even more impressive the closer you get to it. No one knows what the site was used for, perhaps a temple, perhaps burial site…What we do know is that the site is older that the pyramids and and made up of materials from all across Ireland.
Part of the site visit is the inclusion of a guide who is well informed and this makes all the difference, especially when we get the opportunity to go into the internal passage. Once you squeeze your way in (not great if you suffer from claustrophobia) and reach the chamber at the end, you really get a sense of the magic of the place. The inside is carefully constructed and watertight. the most magical moment comes when the guide demonstrates what the passage of light at the winter solstice would look like. The the lightbox from the front entrance travels all the way through and touches our feet before plunging us back into darkness.
Next stop we continue our drive to lush countryside and arrive in Termonfeckin in Co. Louth. Termonfeckin is a little and pretty village, conveniently located as a base for our next couple of days. There is not much in the way of food options in Termonfeckin its self, except the Triple House Restaurant which was recommended several times during our stay…alas it books out well in advance and we were not able to try it. Do book a head and let us know what you think.