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Step off the beaten track and explore the unknown
An initiative of Kells & District Tourism Network, Kells Walk-About Tours began in 2019 in response to provide to increasing numbers of domestic and international visitors an authentic experience in Kells. Kells Walk-About has also proved very popular with our global Kells family returning to holiday and wishing to reacquaint themselves with their heritage. To get a unique insight into the historic town of Kells or take a trip down memory lane, join our volunteers guides who will take you on a walking tour of their town, from the ancient monastic site to the Georgian Quarter and will share with you the local stories and hidden gems of Kells.
Visit the Abess at St. John's Graveyard, discover who was murdered in the Round Tower in 1076 and how Kells is famously connected to the movie 'The Quiet Man'.
Book your Walk-About at Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub.
Phone 046 9247508
I recently was lucky enough to get a guided tour of Kells by four excellent guides . I learned lots of interesting history about Kells I hadn't previously known. Thanks for a wonderful tour, managing such a large group of under ten year old who were particularly enthralled by tales of Viking raids and fairies.
Contemporary Colourful Illuminations Celebrate the 1500th Birthday of Saint Colmcille in Kells Co. Meath
Delivered with humour and storytelling by local guides this is a wonderful family experience and a unique night time event in the Boyne Valley and Ireland's Ancient East.
Let us take you on a tour of Kells following in the footsteps of the monks.
Fancy a night time stroll,
download this self guided map and enjoy the Illuminations at your leisure
BE IRISH FOR A DAY
Would you like a chance to experience family life on a working farm - learn how to milk a cow, cut turf, bake brown bread, dance a jig, play a bodhrain and more ? The Murtagh family at Causey Farm offer fun-based interactive activity and cultural programmes for adults and children throughtout the year as well as hosting seasonal events. Why not book a fantastic hands-on experience of living Irish culture or a socially distanced family day out join the Causey Ice Cream Adventure. Causey is not an Open Farm and all activities must be pre-booked.
T +353 (0) 46 9434135
MEET THE MILLER
Martry Mill is one of the few working watermills in Ireland producing stoneground wholemeal flour since 1859. The Tallon family have been supplying bakeries, supermarkets and shops around Meath with wholemeal flour and supply directly from the mill. If you would like to see the milling process, how the grain is ground into flour and learn about the history of the building, the flour and the area book a tour and meet the miller at any time. James who has been working in the mill since he was a teenager would love to tell you how in 2012 he undertook a project to restore the waterwheel to it's previous glory bringing Martry Mill back to life.
There are many different ‘specialist’ activities which all fall under the umbrella of ‘walking’. Around Kells you can enjoy hill walking, rambling along rivers, gentle strolls around heritage sites, long distance walking and bog walking.
Whatever your choice, starting out as a walker couldn’t be simpler..
Blackwater River Looped Walk & The Kieran Flanagan Way
The Spire of Loyd at the Peope's Park. Image Pol O Conghaile
Start at the N.W. corner of the Peoples Park at Lloyd, through the swing gate and walk west towards Clavens Bridge, then cross the main Cavan road. Walk east along the Blackwater River to the Victorian Waterworks. Following the signs, turn right here towards Loyd, cross the main road again to the bus stop sign, and head uphill to the Spire of Loyd.
Ireland's only inland lighthouse the Spire of Loyd stands 30m (100ft) high, on the summit of the Commons of Lloyd. 428 ft above sea level the site boasts magnificent views of the surrounding countryside as far as the Mourne Mountains in County Down, Northern Ireland on a clear day.
FORAGING WALK AND PICNIC AT GIRLEY BOG
Girley Bog Eco Looped Walk
Kells Girley Bog Eco Walk is a 3.5 miles/ 6 km waymarked National Loop. It covers varying landscape of forest and bogland. The terrain is flat and uneven and walking boots are recommended. The first section of this looped walk takes you through a tranquil Coillte forest, where there is a coniferous forestry plantation located on high bog. After this section, you will follow a forest track before entering Girley Bog, one of the few remaining raised bogs in County Meath. Girley Bog is a site of considerable conservation significance, as it comprises of a raised bog, a rare habitat in the E.U. and one that is becoming increasingly scarce and under threat in Ireland. There is a wonderful variety of birdlife, plant and animal life and this is displayed through a number of interpretive panels along the walk. Listen out for the birdsong as you walk.
Directions to Trailhead
Starting from the centre of Kells Town, take the N52 following the signs for Mullingar. On the outskirts of the town turn right – following the N52 for Mullingar. Continue to follow the N52 for approximately 7km. Turn left onto a forestry roadway and follow for approximately 100m to reach the trailhead.
Tailteann (Teltown) Blackwater River Drive & Walk
Did you know?
Aonach Tailteann were ancient games that predated the Olympic Games and were held for thousands of years in Ireland. Legend has it that they were first held as funeral games by Lugh of the Longarm on the death of his foster mother Tailtiu.
The games stopped with the last High King o f Ireland, Ruaidri Ua Conchobair, and the coming of the Normans to Meath in the late 1100's
Drive to Donaghpatrick Church , Gibbstown where according to tradition, St. Patrick performed his first formal baptism after lighting the Pascal fire in Slane. Across the road from the church is Rath Airthir (Eastern Fort) an impressive trivailate ring fort incorporating a mound, possibly a Norman Motte.
Walk along the banks of the Blackwater River round to the back of Martry Mill, which is still a functioning flour mill.
Enjoy a complimentary tour of the preChristian burial site on the grounds of Teltown House. Hear tales of Colmcille and the Synod of Teltown leading to his exile to Scotland. Walk the ancient cobbled path leading to recently discovered Rock Art dating back to 200BC. Imagine the sounds and spectacle of horse and chariot races and great feats of strength at Knockauns, the ancient sports arena of the Aonach and perhaps the viewing point of the fair at Tailteann.
Enjoy some homemade treats relaxing at Tailtiú Coffee and gardens.