Hill of Slane

St. Patrick Hill of Slane Co. Meath Boyne Valley
St Patrick, Hill of Slane Co. Meath

The Hill of Slane, standing about half a kilometre north-west of the village of Slane is an important complex of prehistoric, early historic and medieval monuments. The hilltop rises to 158m OD and boasts spectacular views of the landscape of Co. Meath.

Best known for its association with St Patrick, our national patron saint, the Hill of Slane is traditionally regarded as the location where
St Patrick lit the first Pascal Fire in 433 AD in defiance of pagan King Laoighre, the King of Tara. The site later became an important monastery, similar to that at Monasterboice, which was founded by St Erc, and had its own high crosses and round tower. Later again, the first Slane Castle was constructed on the top of the Hill. With commanding views over the surrounding landscape this was an earthen motte castle rather than a stone castle.

Tours of the Hill of Slane are available during the tourist season and can otherwise be arranged by contacting the Hub in Slane. For more information on the site, please visit the Hill of Slane Archaeological Project website.

Heritage at the Heart of the Boyne Valley