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Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns

Address: 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, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A Bit of the beaten track but not to much either. If you are into megalithic art and tombs this is a good site to visit, not as well know as new grange but very nice all the same, for the scenery its really nice you can see half of ireland from here, almost anyway and all the fields separated... More 

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

A bit of up hill, up hill walk but once you make it to top, take a rest and then experience. Take your time, sit, absorb, enter and just be part.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I'have been here a number of times this summer and it is one of the most unique sites I have ever visited. A almost intact passage grave with extraordinary megalithic art and it's free to visit, the hike to the top of the hill is steep but do'able for most any interest in prehistory will be well rewarded by a... More 

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Loughcrew was quite interesting. They are dated from 3200 BC. It is not for the weak of stature. It is quite a long and steep hike, but is well worth the visit. There is a ranger at the entrance to the Cairn T who gives a great history and insight to the tombs. There is no entrance fee and is... More 

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Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Prior to visiting this you should look up the site up on your BOWSER. As previous reviewer mention, the sun aligns itself with the burial passage during the year. Where Newgrange is on the Winter Solstice, Loughcrew's burial chamber is illuminated by the sun on the Equinoxes. It would be well worth trying to arrange your visit for then if... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This site is a little bit out of the way but worth the effort and the climb up a grassy hill. It features multiple passage tombs, including one that is accessible, in a beautiful site with great views all around. This being an OPW site, there are guides to provide explanations. One great advantage--relatively few people come here, a nice... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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Dublin
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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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