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Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns

Slieve na Caillaigh Hills | Carnbane East, Carnbane West, Oldcastle, Ireland
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Ranked #2 of 4 attractions in Oldcastle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Whilst Newgrange rightly gets much tourist attention, it is not the only megalithic site of importance nearby. Meath is littered with important megalithic monuments, one of which is the Loughcrew cairns complex. Made up of a series of cairns spread across four hilltops, they are reckoned to be as old as the more popular burial chambers of Knowth and Newgrange,... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It’s about a 20 minute walk up a hill, it’s a little steep but manageable, we saw people of all age groups there. The view from the top is breath-taking. The ladies from the OPW said that we can see 18 counties from the top and gave us a little bit of a tour of the site and explained the... More

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Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A small road leads to a reasonable parkingarea. From there, a path leads to the cairns and when you get higher, a stunning view develops. On top at the nicely preserved cairns, the views are astonishing!!! This is a great location!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Stopped off here by chance. So glad we did. About a 10 min uphill walk (so anyone can do it) to see a neolithic attraction that comes close to rivalling Newgrange. Not as extensive of course, but well preserved, and explained as well as any very ancient Irish site can be explained by Heritage Ireland staff. Free of charge. On... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

One of the best kept secrets in Meath. Down a windy road near Loughcrew gardens. A bit of a climb up to the top, roughly 10mins, which is not navigable with a buggy/stroller. Beautiful views from the top. The Cairns are really something else. The main one is in lovely condition with beautiful megalithic engravings inside. The guides up there... More

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Peterhead, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Highlight of our trip through most of the chambered cairns of the Boyne valley. So glad we left this till the final day, as everything else (including the much lauded Newgrange) pales into insignificance after visiting this site. Quite a hike up to the monuments (follow the posts - we made the mistake of following old paths which missed the... More

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Cork Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We traveled to the area to see this amenity but could not find access and there was an absence of signs.We saw signs for Loughcrew but none for megalithic cairns. We asked a young lad but he did not know.

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Temple, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Not as easily accessible as Newgrange, Loughcrew is smaller and harder to get to. A very long long and often on slippery grass, but the pay off is a wonderful view, and no crowds as you explore the cairn. We saw this as part of the Celtic Heritage tour by extreme Ireland, along with Trim Castle and the Hill of... More

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Rockton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We absolutely loved our visit to the Megalitic Cairns. The fact that it was pouring rain and the trails were completely washed out, creating a filthy, muddy hike only made it more fun! We are a bit of an adventurous couple, so it added quite a bit of amusement as we sloshed and slipped our way up to the top... More

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is perhaps my favorite passage tomb of Ireland. Not crowded like Newgrange. There was volunteers that give people a quick guided tour of the tomb and give you a flash light to take some pictures. There are several old artworks on the rocks inside. There are several smallers tombs around the complex as well. It is a nice walk... More

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