Tours | Mythical Ireland Tours

Author and Mythical Ireland creator Anthony Murphy has been exploring the ancient monuments and landscape of Ireland for 20 years. He is a knowledgeable guide, available for private hire to bring you on a voyage of learning through the sacred sites of Ireland's Ancient East and beyond. Let Anthony be your guide to the megalithic and sacred sites of Ireland.

Mythical Ireland tour of Uisneach 9th July 2022 - POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Mythical Ireland is delighted to announce the next event in our series of gatherings. It is my great honour to announce that I will lead a tour of the sacred and ancient Hill of Uisneach in Co. Westmeath on Saturday 9th July starting at 11am. (Now POSTPONED due to Covid. Watch here for a rescheduled date).

The tour takes approx. two and a half hours (distance covered c. 3km, moderate hike), during which we will visit the Royal Palace, Lugh's Lake, St. Patrick's Bed (actually a Neolithic cairn), and the famed Stone of Divisions (Ail na Mireann), among other monuments and features. I will talk about Uisneach's history, its myths and legends and of course some of its astronomical alignments.

The walk will begin at the Visitor Centre at the foot of the hill. There will be ample parking. Hiking boots are not a necessity but are advised, and if you want to bring a walking stick or aid please do. Check the forecast before you leave for Uisneach and bring a raincoat if needed. Strictly no dogs allowed as Uisneach is a working farm.

Please meet at Uisneach at 10.30am so we can be under way on time at 11am. There will be other tours after ours, so it’s important we start on time.

When the tour concludes around 1.30pm we will have a picnic on the meadow adjacent to the Visitor Centre. There are toilet facilities at the centre and a gift shop.

The cost of the event is a mere €5 per person, payable on the day.

 

Mythical Ireland tours

Anthony's knowledge and passion for Ireland's ancient heritage and culture shine through. He can lead individual private tours, or group tours. He has been writing about Ireland's prehistoric megalithic monuments and some of its foremost historic sacred sites for many years, and is the author of three major books – Island of the Setting Sun, Newgrange: Monument to Immortality and Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past. He has featured in numerous TV, radio and internet documentaries, podcasts and programmes.

Anthony Murphy of Mythical Ireland at Knowth Calendar Stone
Anthony Murphy of Mythical Ireland speaking to one of his tours at the Calendar Stone, Knowth.

Anthony can tailor a tour to suit your own needs and wishes. Sites which can be included on a tour itinerary include: Newgrange, Knowth*, Dowth, Fourknocks, Hill of Tara, Hill of Slane, Loughcrew cairns, Mellifont Abbey, Monasterboice, Glendalough. If you would like to include other sites, just let us know when you email and we will try to arrange it for you.

In July 2018 Anthony shot to international fame when he discovered a previously unknown late Neolithic henge or ceremonial enclosure 750m from the world famous megalithic monument of Newgrange. Read more about the discovery here:

https://mythicalireland.com/MI/blog/ancient-sites/the-new-henge-of-newgrange-a-once-in-a-lifetime-discovery/

Explore myths and monuments

Here are just some of the themes explored by Anthony on his tours: The origins of the Irish people; the invasion mythology; place name stories; myths of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the early gods; the megalithic art of the great passage-mounds of the Boyne Valley; the creation myths of the Boyne Valley; the goddesses of Knowth; Newgrange solstice illumination remembered in myth; the swan myths and Newgrange; long-distance alignments of megalithic sites; the Dog Star and the Morning Star (Venus) at Newgrange; the Calendar Stone at Knowth; the astronomical myth of Dowth; the story of the magic cow and her calf; the fascinating alignments of Fourknocks; the myths of the kings of Tara; kissing the Cailleach: Niall of the Nine Hostages; the Salmon of Knowledge: the poets of the Boyne; the great battles of Irish myth; the coming of the Milesians to Ireland; the 'Island of the Setting Sun'; Ireland's first farmers; the decline of the Neolithic people and the arrival of the Beaker culture; Brigid's Way: saint and goddess; the cosmology of the story of Saint Patrick's arrival; Slane and the Fir Bolg; the Christian monks who saved the "pagan" myths of Ireland; Orion, the 'High Man' of the night sky and his myths; Mata, the monster of the Boyne; Dowth and the story of famine; the return of the Tuatha Dé Danann.

(*Knowth is closed for the winter and opens between Easter and Halloween).

Please note that Anthony DOES NOT provide transport for tours. You must have your own transport.

Anthony Murphy is a member of the Independent Tour Guides Association (ITGA).

To see Anthony in action on one of his tours (at Newgrange), watch the video below:

 

Testimonials:

Stephanie and I are absolutely thrilled to have secured the presence of author and researcher Anthony Murphy to be our guide for this important day at Bru na Boinne. It goes without saying that his vast knowledge of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, can only enhance our understanding and appreciation of these incredible Neolithic Solar/Lunar temples. This day promises to be a highlight of our tour.

– Lia Scallon and Stephanie Phelps, Mystical Ireland tour.

We can attest that Anthony Murphy is the most knowledgeable expert on the sacred sites in the Boyne Valley, i.e. Newgrange as well as on the mythology of the region.

–Glenn and Cameron Broughton, Journeys With Soul.

Thank you again for an absolutely superb tour! I loved my time with you …. Visiting the sacred sites, hearing the Irish myths and poems, your stories and different perspectives … It was a gloriously gentle and enlightening time. I look forward to exploring with you again one day. In gratitude and with appreciation.

– Lynette Rink, Zambia.

Your tour of the ancient sites was a high point of our Ireland trip.

– Ben & Tara Larisch, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Anthony Murphy of Mythical Ireland with a group of Irish, Dutch and German visitors at the Baltray standing stones.
Anthony with an international group during a tour of Knowth in the Boyne Valley.

Prices and information:

For prices and further information, don't hesitate to contact Anthony immediately on the Contact Page.

(*Note that admission prices to sites are not included in tour price. Lunch stop can be organised, but cost is not included in tour price).

See Anthony speaking about Newgrange on the History Channel in this video:

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