Hill of Slane
Hill of Slane
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Cary L
San Diego, CA700 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Just outside the small town of Slane and overlooking the Boyne Valley and its ancient burial mounds, this hill is the site of St. Patrick's first call to the people of the region to convert. Today, the view is spectacular. The hill is crowned with the ruins of an ancient monastery. Well worth the brief drive up, when visiting Newgrange or other historic sites in the area.
Written March 17, 2020
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Niamh H
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Walk across a field to the ruins on the top of the hill. There is an incline but not too steep. Visit at dusk to see the ruins lit up with blue spot light. The view is amazing from the top. We think that we could see Newgrange in the distance.
Written August 30, 2021
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Kris M
Omaha, NE196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
This place is another wonderful place to wander and absorb history. Abbey and church ruins, with accompanying cemetery, on a picturesque hill with a great view of the surrounding countryside. We were there by ourselves so it was even better to wander alone and not have to deal with others. It’s definitely worth the short drive!
Written February 22, 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,933 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
Enjoyed a first visit to the Hill of Slane in a long, long time today. It's as beautiful and peaceful as I remember with mesmerising views of the surrounding hills and valleys.
It's an ancient religious site dating from the 5th century when St Patrick lit the fire here to rival that of King Laoighre who had his pagan fire on the Hill of Tara some 15km away.
5th century yes but the current church ruin dates from the 15th and there's an enchanting college beside it that was run by the fathers in ancient days.
Decent sized car park and a few display boards to aid your visit Free to enter. Beautiful, spiritual place. Well worth your time.
Written April 25, 2021
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Kelly L
Rochester, NY10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Just not worth the risk. Our belongings were locked out of sight in the trunk of our rental car and while we were up on the hill, thugs smashed our window, released the back seat and took 2 backpacks containing personal items, ID, credit cards and passport. Don't park here. Quite an ordeal to experience.
Written June 1, 2019
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Fáinleog
GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS6,736 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Traditionally this is the Hill where St Patrick lit the Paschal Fire in defiance of the High King of Ireland, Loegaire, who, with his followers was preparing to celebrate a pagan festival on nearby Tara. St Patrick was brought before the King, but through his eloquence (it is said this is when he used the shamrock to explain the Trinity), he was allowed to go free and continue preaching Christianity throughout the Isle.

However, the Hill has a much older history; this is where one of the Fir Bolg Kings, "Slaine" is said to have been buried, and there are also tales that the legendary Tuatha de Danaan visited the Hill to heal their wounds in a magical well.

St Erc founded a monastery on the Hill, but the buildings that remain today date from the 1500's. The Fleming (or Flemmyng)family built a Franciscan friary and next to it, a small college to house priests, lay-brothers and choristers.

We visited on a rather dreary, grey August afternoon and found just a couple of other visitors at the site. The views of the surrounding countryside are breathtaking, and stretch as far as the Irish Sea. Newgrange and Knowth can also be seen in the distance.

This is a lovely spot; our children had great fun exploring the ruins of the College; look out for the carving of the dragon and way up high, see if you can spot the gargoyle staring down at visitors!

Directions:
The Hill is sign-posted from Slane and parking is available for several cars. It is a short easy walk up a gentle slope from the car park to the ruined buildings.
Written October 16, 2008
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Simon G
Dublin, Ireland158 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
We visited the Hill of Slane today. It is fabulous. But the car park is targeted by thieves. We left our car for about 30 minutes while we visited the site (which was excellent) and returned to find the window of our car smashed and all our possessions stolen. The guards arrived quickly and were very nice but this is clearly a regular occurrence and it is not safe to leave your car in the car park. There are signs in the car park warning you but you never think it is going to happen. Apparently it happens all the time. And you can’t visit the site without leaving your car so I would say just don’t do it. Pity as we really enjoyed our time there until we returned to our car.
Written January 28, 2018
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El H
Australia385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
From this beautiful hill, it provided a view to die for the near on 360 degree view of surrounding countryside....(on a clear day that is we were blessed with one)

Toward the East you can easily be seen the mounds of Newgrange and Knowth the passage tombs (also worth a visit) and the Irish Sea beyond. The view north extends as far as Slieve Gullion (well into Northern Ireland), south you can see as far as the Sugarloaf Mountain in Wicklow (clear day permitting) and the west offers view of the midlands of Ireland.

It is a site which is sacred to Saint Patrick, the importance of the Hill of Slane can be traced back into prehistory, it is said possibly as far back as the Neolithic. In ancient history/mythology, the Fir Bolg king Sláine was said to have been buried here. Christian history the hill became established as the place where St. Patrick lit the first paschal fire in direct defiance of the pagan kings at nearby HIll of Tara.

After some research though I found there is some conjecture as some archaeologists have suggested the Paschal Fire may have been lit at Brú na Bóinne, and possibly Knowth, instead of Slane.

Not withstanding the historical debate over exact placement of the fire this site is a wonderful place to visit ... we did it with Beautiful Meath Tours which made the visit stress free...
Written June 9, 2015
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Susan M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
An often overlooked site, even by myself who lives not 40 min away! Plenty of history, great stories and, on a clear day, amazing views. Well worth a visit and even better to take a tour - there is so much that a guide can point out. Had a brilliant time!
Written September 1, 2018
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Noel78
Tennessee624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Recommend to anyone. This is important and holy ground. Yes, you can enjoy the view, too, but I venture there is something deeper going on here. We visited here as part of a 14 person tour group run by Day Tours Unplugged based in Dublin. Combined with Hills of Tara and Newgrange this makes for a very special experience. The cemetery is still active, which is rather amazing when you consider all the thousands of years of history that has happened there. No giftshop, no cafe, no toilets. Just Irish history at this stop.
Written April 29, 2018
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