Please use the information below as a guide as we continue to improve the route. We recommend using your own maps if walking independently. Please check travel details with the relevant transport providers. If you have a suggestion to improve the route information on this page, please contact us.
- Total Distance (approx): 10 miles, 16km
- Terrain: Paved: Minor roads (L-roads), short sections on more major routes.
- Start:Hill of Tara Car Park
- Maguires at Hill of Tara (Cafe/gifts) (0 miles/km)
- Rath Meadbh (Maeve) (<1 mile, 1km)
- Dunsany Church (church, bus) (approx 2.5 miles/4 km)
- End: Fagan’s Pub, Moynalvey
Leaving from TARA carpark, walk past Maguires towards the Holy Well, continue straight on this road, ignoring a right hand turn, until you reach Rath Meadhbh (brown sign). Ignore the left hand turn at Rath Meadbh.
Continue on this road until you come to a cross-roads which crosses the Dunsany-Navan-Drogheda road. Turn right here and follow this road into DUNSANY. The small church on the left in the village has a beautiful stained glass window of St Brigid beside Mary Mother and St Patrick over the altar.
Go through the staggered cross-roads at DUNSANY (stone building called the Piano House on the right hand side). (The 1st sign is Summerhill & the 2nd sign Kilcock.) Ignore all roads to the left and right and stay on this road signposted for KILCOCK (19km).
Continue straight on this road past a stone cottage on the right hand side towards Summerhill (10km), until you come to a crossroads where the road crosses the R154 road, signposted to Trim and Dunshaughlin. You will see the Teagas Research Centre sign on the right hand side.
Cross the R154 road, taking the smaller road directly in front of you signposted for MOYNALVEY.
Follow this road several miles until you come to a cross-roads with The Shanks Mare pub on your right hand side. Turn left for MOYNALVEY (2km).
Continue on this road until you come to Fagan’s pub for a very welcome pint.
When a map is available we will post it here.
Getting to the Start Point – Tara
By Bus from Dublin/Dublin Airport
Catch the 109 Bus (Kells direction) from Busaras. Get off at Tara Cross. Approx 1km walk from bus stop to start point. Turn left off bus at Tara Cross. Walk back to junction marked Tara 1km and turn right to climb the Hill of Tara. There is also a bus service to Tara Cross direct from Dublin Airport.
Getting to the End Point – Moynalvey
Moynalvey is a small pub-and-church village with no public transport or accommodation, it is a short taxi ride from Kilcock, which has transport links to Dublin. For more info about Buses and Trains to/from Dublin into Kilcock, checkwww.buseireann.ie or Iarnrod Eireann’s (Irish Rail) website. GPS co-ordinates for Fagan’s Pub:53.479958,-6.679553,19
Local Taxi Numbers
- Dunshaughlin Taxi (Dunshaughlin, nr Tara) +353 1 835 5050
- Royal Cabs (Dunshaughlin, nr Tara) +353 1 8240022
- Mick’s Cabs (Kilcock) +353 87 2663032
- Rye Cabs (Kilcock) +353 1 6284080
Alternative Start/End Points
Buses also go through Dunsany, check www.buseireann.ie for information.
Note that the accommodation that we use for the Brigid’s Way organised pilgrimage may differ from the B&Bs listed here and that the information is provided here for independent walkers. If you are coming on the organised pilgrimage we ask that you book accommodation through Brigid’s Way to help us with the logisitics and for the best rates.
- Hill of Tara House B&B (Tara) +353 46 9025296
- Taraside B&B (Tara) +353 46 9025571
- We haven’t been able to find any B&Bs in Kilcock/Moynalvey. Do let us know if you know of any.
Guided Tours of the Hill of Tara are available at certain times of year, see the Heritage Ireland website for details.
Alternatively, an audio guide to the Hill of Tara can be downloaded from Abarta Audio Guides.