During my last trip to Dublin, I wanted to do a day out to the Boyne Valley to see Newgrange and some of the other sites in the area. From my initial research, Day Tours Unplugged stood out from its competition in a very clear way. In the same amount of time (roughly 8 hours), this tour went to only three sites as opposed to the six or more listed with others. As someone who has traveled extensively (about 80 UN countries now), I have learnt that quality of sites is more important than quantity, so I booked with them to see Monasterboice, Newgrange and the HIll of Tara day tour.
The experience itself lived up to the billing. Damian picked us up at the appointed location. There were only a few on the tour, so he arrived in a smaller van instead of a tour bus based on the size of the group. This made for a much more intimate experience where we could all talk more easily, and the vehicle was very comfortable with good views out the windows. Damian is a top-notch tour guide who is very credible and knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter. What I really appreciated is that he talked about Ireland comprehensively including its strengths, hopes and struggles. I came away with a much more thorough understanding of Ireland and its complexities from interacting with Damian.
As mentioned, there was plenty of time at each stop to explore and learn. Damian did introductions but gave us free time as well, so it was the perfect balance of guiding. All the sites delivered in terms of being impressive. Seeing Monasterboice was special because it's more off the beaten path. Newgrange is really impressive as well as worthy of its UNESCO designation. I've seen other passage tombs in the Orkneys of Scotland and Newgrange really impresses. I want to go back and see some of the others nearby including Knoth on my next visit. The last stop at the Hill of Tara was really enjoyable. You get a tremendous sense of the geography there and why the location was chosen as the congregation point for ancient Irish kings. Between all the stops, Damian got off the motorways when possible to give us a better sense of place as well. That was very appreciated!
I have in the past used a few of the other Irish tour companies with their big coaches, large groups, time wasting and endless driving.. None of them compared to the quality experience that Damian provided with Day Tours Unplugged who seem to be in a class all their own for day tours from Dublin. Thanks for an amazing and memorable day out!
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