Kells & District Tourism Forum

Tourism News from the Home of the Book of Kells

Kells Audio Guide & Tourism Brochures


A 40 minute fun and informative audio guide that leads a visitor around Kells,  voiced by professional actress Niamh Shaw and packed with original music by talented Westmeath musician Enda Seery.  The guide is free to download from and

The guide was produced by the Irish company Abarta Audioguides working with the Kells & District Tourism Forum, and is a very accessible and easy  way of discovering the rich heritage and stories that make Kells such a special place.

The guide is broken into twelve ‘tracks’, with each track representing a particular place or feature in Kells.  Alternatively the guide is also available as a great audio-visual app, with images and maps for iPhone. Simply download the free Guidigo app, then select the Kells Heritage Town guide to download.  An Android version is currently in development.

The guide helps to put Kells at the very cutting edge of visitor experiences in Ireland, and ensures that the story of Kells rich history is accessible and fun.

The development of an audio guide was undertaken Tourism Forum as the next logical step from the Kells Tourism Brochure.  Additions to the guide will include the Teltown/Donaghpatrick Complex, the Spire of Lloyd and other trails around the country.

We were delighted to be able to work with Abarta Audio Guides and be added to their family of interesting & professionally presented guides, including the 1916 Easter Rising Tour, Clonmacnois, Viking & Medieval Dublin and many more.


Kells Tourism BrochuresThe Kells Tourism Brochure (English) was launched by US DCM John Hennessy-Niland on 7th February 2012.  (see photos here)

Meath Partnership part funded the costs of printing the brochure and the Tourism Forum, assisted by Kells Anglers, ran a fundraising Race Night to raise the remaining funds.

A German translation was undertaken by Dr. Tina-Karen Pusse in the German Department of NUI Galway, a graduate of the Universities of Freiburg i.Br. (MA 1999) and Cologne (PhD 2003). “I found working on the brochure so interesting, that I am planning to spend some time in Kells during the summer”, she said.

Meath County Council contributed towards the costs of the translation.

The German version, available online only, was launched by the German Ambassador to Ireland, Dr Eckhard Luebkemeier on 14th June 2012 at Headfort House.  (see photos here)

Fábienne Melard, from Paris, who had visited Kells some 40 years previously, volunteered to translate the brochure into French, and this version was launched on 10th June 2013 by Mrs Emmanuelle d’Achon, French Ambassador to Ireland.  This version is also available online only.

Further translations into Spanish and Chinese are planned for 2014.

Kells Brochure Launches


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