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Our Recommendations

There is so much to see and do in the Boyne Valley and beyond. There’s a whole new world to discover, with a fascinating history and beautiful scenery, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We have put together some of our favourite recommendations, from places to eat to days out for the whole family, so you can make the most of your stay at Connell’s House & Barn.


To Do

Family Fun

Enjoy the fresh country air and the rolling countryside of the Boyne Valley. It’s the perfect place for relaxing, exploring and spending quality time with your family and friends. There are lots of walking trails, open farms and even a theme park based on potato crisps!

To See

The Boyne Valley

Follow the footsteps of Ireland’s High Kings and explore the mythical landscapes along the Boyne Valley Drive. You can start at any point along the route, we recommend Newgrange (Brú na Bóinne) as your first stop, it’s only 10 minutes away and it’s the perfect place to start your holiday!

To Eat

Tribe Restaurant

Tribe is famed for their delicious sourdough pizza, cocktails and welcoming atmosphere. The menu is always evolving and includes their own home grown vegetables, Irish beef and seafood, as well as ingredients from many of the local food producers in the Boyne Valley. Situated in a beautifully restored church, it’s a unique place to start your holiday!

To Explore

Dublin City

Dublin City is full of interesting sights and characters and makes a great day trip. The city centre has been transformed in the last 20 years. Neighbourhoods that were once run down have become gentrified with contemporary buildings and trendy shops and cafes. There are some spectacular period buildings alongside some cutting edge modern architecture. The city centre is small and easy to explore on foot, although you can hop on a tram to the Docklands or the Phoenix Park to explore further afield.

To Experience

East Coast Beaches

Get some sand between your toes whilst exploring the Boyne Valley and visit the nearby beaches of Mornington, Bettystown and Laytown, known as Meath’s Gold Coast. These large expansive beaches provide views all the way to the Mourne Mountains in northern Ireland. Horse racing takes place on Laytown Beach every summer, a 140 year tradition and quite a spectacle.

To Walk

The Great Outdoors

If you fancy stretching your legs whilst on holiday in the Boyne Valley there are several walking trails nearby. Enjoy woodland and river walks on the Boyne Valley Camino or hiking in Slieve Gullion Forrest Park. For the more adventurous walker why not climb Ireland’s 'Stairway to Heaven' at Cuilcagh Mountain for some breathtaking sights.

To Enjoy

Boyne Valley Festivals

Immerse yourself in the food and culture of the Boyne Valley and enjoy the bounty of delicious ingredients produced right here at one of our seasonal food festivals. Experience a rock concert at Slane Castle or a local music festival on the banks of the river Boyne or how about discovering the traditional methods of bringing in the harvest at a Steam Threshing Festival. It’s all here in the Boyne Valley!

To Explore


Connell’s House & Barn is the perfect location for touring the various sights and attractions around Ireland’s Ancient East. Discover castles and megalithic tombs, historic country houses and gardens, wilderness and river walks, beautiful beaches and delicious food, it’s all here in Ireland’s Ancient East. Plan your trip using the helpful guide on their website or why not just follow one of the recommended itineraries. Start exploring today!

To Golf

Explore Ireland's Golf Courses

The Boyne Valley is home to some of the finest golf courses in Ireland. Choose from the magnificent Jack Nicklaus-designed championship course at Killeen Castle or the challenging parkland courses at Headfort and Royal Tara. The spectacular Links course at Baltray and nearby Portmarnknock will provide all keen golfers with a memorable holiday experience.

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