ROUTE: Slane to Tara
ROUTE: Ardee to Slane
- Total Distance (approx): 14 miles, 22.5 Kms
- Terrain: Paved: Minor roads (L-roads), sometimes on pavement on more major routes.
- Start: Slane
- River Boyne
- Newgrange (optional)
- Skryne Castle
- Accommodation: Tara (2 Nights)
WALKING ROUTE (14 miles 22.5kms)
We will meet at Slane Farm Hostel entrance.
We will walk through the village of Slane to the River Boyne and cross the picturesque bridge and take the first turn right upwards at the yellow N-02 0600 sign and continue straight on this picturesque winding country road. Look back through the hedgerows to see the Hill of Slane in the distance. As you continue on your right hand side you will see a large Mound in farmland. We believe this to be Thurstianstown Motte on the Brigid’s Way Cygnus Alignment.
At the next T junction marked the Taín Trail turn right. Continue straight on this winding L1600 country road. Eventually it curves to the right at a row of stone cottages on the left &
Beauparc Station on the right. Continue along this winding country L road.
You will cross over a humped back bridge. Following along at Hayestown, you will see a Topaz garage and shop on your right at a cross-roads signed for Ard Mulchan church (4.2mile, 7km from Slane).
Continue straight on this road walking uphill. After the crest of the hill there is a short plateau, then a further short climb. Look sharp right here for 2 rusty gates and an ivy covered hidden wall, signalling Farmer David Carey’s field. He has given us permission for our picnic lunch in the field, known as Dean Hill, which has a trigonometry post at the top and a fine view over the county. Do check to see if there are animals in the field beforehand.
Continue walking on the same road until you reach a Y junction at a cream coloured house by the Finnegan and McGovern Bar Furniture sign, turn left and continue straight on this road. You will pass a crossroads marked Navan and Slane, continue walking straight ahead.
Follow this road uphill, until you come to a T junction at a cream coloured house. This area is called Realtoge. Turn left here, walk downhill 0.5 miles to the next T junction at Brownstown House (carved into the pillar) and turn right here. Follow this road approx 0.5miles cross straight over the Kentstown – Navan R153 road onto the L5053 road and walk along for approx 0.5miles.
Go straight through the crossroads signed Duleek Trim & also through the next cross roads which is beside a castle ruin. Continue on this road until you see Walterstown Church in front.
Turn right at Walterstown Church for SKREEN. Follow this road for several miles until you come to the ‘5 roads’ known as ‘the Green’ where there is a very large mast in a field on the left hand side and a sign for Skreen 1km. Here you take the second right hand turn onto a beautiful small country road.
When you reach Fox’s pub at the next cross-road, turn right here and follow the steep road upwards to SKREEN Castle ruin and Mrs O’s pub. Stop for a welcome rest here.
Now walk left here downhill veering right and continue straight on this L500 road, until you cross over the road bridge over the M3 motorway.
Stay on this road until you come to the N3 road. Carefully cross the N3 onto the L6201 road directly in front signed Rath Maeve. Continue on this road until you come to a T junction at Rath Meadbh (Maeve). You may look over the fence to see this dilapidated Cairn. There are usually animals in the field so be careful if you wish a closer look on this private property.
Turn right here and continue up this winding country lane towards the HILL OF TARA. As you approach Tara on your left you will pass The Well of the White Cow. Next you will see Courtney Davis, the renowned artist’s Open Studio with a relic of Brigid in his beautiful painting. Come in to receive your Brigid’s Fire Blessing and to reflect on your Pilgrimage Intention.