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“Stunning” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns

Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns
Slieve na Caillaigh Hills | Carnbane East, Carnbane West, Oldcastle, Ireland
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Ranked #2 of 4 attractions in Oldcastle
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Ireland
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“Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This attraction should have tremendous appeal for those who like to explore megalithic sites. Best visited on a sunny day! The climb takes about 20 minutes and can be slippery when wet. The views are spectacular; the chance to explore the intricate carvings without being part of a tour is a rare thrill; and being in the tombs at sunrise on an equinox morning is exceptional.

Visited May 2013
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Michigan
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“One of the 3 highlights of our 9-day Ireland trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Be sure to go to the Loughcrew Gardens coffee shop first to get the key (to get inside the main tomb) from Carolyn. We arrived at 4:30 (she won't give out the key after 5). Entire visit took 1.5 hours, including driving to and from coffee shop. We had been to Newgrange earlier in the day, but Loughcrew was a far better experience because: Newgrange is largely reconstructed in an inauthentic way, using steel-reinforced concrete. Newgrange has lots of rules, such as no photography. Loughcrew has a lot more stone carvings. We had the whole mountain to ourselves, along with a few sheep, unlike crowded Newgrange. The view from Loughcrew is amazing, and the walk up is not really that bad. Shoes are OK, it's about a 15 min hike, and I've got a bad knee. The other highlights of our trip were the Dingle peninsula (views and beehive huts) and Glendalough (monastic ruins in a beautiful setting).

Visited April 2013
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“Stepping back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

The walk to this site is considerable, especially when it's cold, windy and raining but, if you're able, it's well worth it. You get a tangible sense of the people who came before. Awe inspiring and a feeling of sacredness.

Visited March 2013
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“schedule around the equinoxes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Beautiful walk up the hill. Beautiful view. Shop where you collect key is a nice place to warm up with a cup of coffee or tea. Couldn't go inside cairn because archeologists change the lock for day before, day of and day after equinoxes--they're studying the cairn's alignment with the sun. Oh well, it was still interesting.

Visited March 2013
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“The view at the top is worth the hike”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

First off, make sure you wear hiking shoes with a good grip, and a walking stick would be wise. The view from the top is great; you can see for miles. The tombs are interesting, but do not take long to see... I would go here just for the view!

Visited March 2013
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