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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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Stockbridge, Georgia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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88 reviews 88 reviews
30 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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76 reviews 76 reviews
35 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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97 reviews 97 reviews
31 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
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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