The Hill of Tara was the famous seat of the High Kings of Ireland. In fact, it’s been an important site for rituals since the stone age, and when Saint Patrick came to Ireland, it’s no surprise that he came to Tara to confront the druids. But it’s seen rallies and violent clashes in the name of liberty in more recent times too – and it boasts fantastic views over an ancient landscape.
On this walking tour, you’ll discover why Tara was and still is an important spiritual center. My story brings you all the way from the arrival of the first farmers in the Boyne Valley through to the dawn of Christianity. We’ll explore the essence of Celtic spirituality and peer through a window into Ireland’s Iron Age, a time of druids, saints and kings.
You can look forward to:
• One of the oldest Stone Age passage tombs in Ireland and other archaeological discoveries at the Hill of Tara.
• Portals to the otherworld of the fairies and other folk traditions associated with Tara.
• An introduction to what archeology here has taught us about the burial practices of Neolithic and Bronze Age people and other insights into how our ancestors viewed the world, including how they used stars to predict the future.
• The search for elusive Sheela Na Gig carving among the gravestones at the Hill of Tara.
• Testing your courage – and your stomach – against the trials of being a king in ancient Ireland and the unsavory practices associated with kingship here at the Hill of Tara
And if you’d like to take part in an Irish tradition then please bring a piece of degradable cloth with you on this walk. All will be revealed!