day 6 -- enfield/navan/knowth

today was a day for sleeping late. it is our last full day at the spa.

on the way to navan...

after lounging around for awhile it was time to hit the road again. we headed on a northerly route that took us through trim again, and through navan. our first destination was to see slane castle, although it was closed for tours. unfortunately, slane castle is quite set off from the main roads. so we continued on without getting a glimpse. we had spent enough castle time in trim the day before.

near bru na boinne vistor center...

our true destination was brú na bóinne. this is in the valley of river boyne, and contains both newgrange and knowth - ancient, stone age burial grounds. knowth is the largest of all passage graves situated within the brú na bóinne complex.

at knowth...

the site consists of one large mound and 17 smaller satellite tombs. what they really look like are huge grassy mounds held up with stone walls which contain some still visible megalithic art. although newgrange is more well known, knowth is where we visited. at knowth, you can actually enter the main tomb, which you cannot do at newgrange. the area has a long and varied history, which the tour includes a video of and extensive exhibits. knowth is particularly interesting, as the top of the main tomb continued to be a small village for many many years.

from the top of the largest burial mound you can see far and wide. drogheda is off in the distance to the east.

at knowth... from the top of the mound

to the southwest you can see the hill of tara - another spiritual place in ireland where tombs have been found, as well as the ancient home of the high kings.

alison - at knowth...
our knowth tour guide...

brú na bóinne is not too far from dublin, and if you are ever there we highly recommend visiting. not only is it ancient it is really super cool. and you kind of feel like a smurf while you are there. definitely check out the pics, they are worth it. and it will give you an idea of the scale of the main grassy mound! and, eric felt at home as our tour guide had a colorado avalanche cap on!!

sunset at the marriott enfield...

as we were tardy getting on the road, we headed straight back to the spa for our final evening in enfield. as expected we hit the pub for dinner and drinks!!!