Loughcrew Cairns

Loughcrew Cairns, Oldcastle: Hours, Address, Loughcrew Cairns Reviews: 4.5/5

Loughcrew Cairns
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Historic Walking Areas
09:00 - 20:00
Monday
09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 20:00
Thursday
09:00 - 20:00
Friday
09:00 - 20:00
Saturday
09:00 - 20:00
Sunday
09:00 - 20:00
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Loughcrew Cairns are one of Meaths best kept secerts.The monumnets date back to 3.500BC and loughcrew tombs offer guided tours throughout these historic hills.
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Dawn T
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
Older than Newgrange
Jun 2021
Now this is more like it, what a find, and less than an hour from Dublin. Its a bit of a hike to the top, but once you get there , the views are simply to die for. Its a pity one cannot enter the actual chamber, but that aside, there is so much to take in and you really do get a feeing of travelling back in time. And guess what ? it's actually free to visit, as it is run by the O.P.W. . There is also a visitor centre nearby and I believe they also offer small guided tours.If you have a passion for all things ancient, you will not be disappointed here.
Written 25 June 2021
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Carol D
Ireland14 contributions
Amazing place. Fantastic views!
Jun 2021
Amazing site to visit. The views are stunning. Great guides at the top to give you all the history and info about the cairns. Just fab.
Written 15 June 2021
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Mags
22 contributions
Lovely view from Loughcrew Cairns
Apr 2021 • Couples
Bit of a steep climb to the top but the views are totally worth it. Pretty cool passage tomb at the top and interesting stone circles around the tomb. It's definitely worth the hike!
Written 25 April 2021
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,293 contributions
Simply Magnificent
Dec 2020 • Solo
I thoroughly enjoyed a visit to Loughcrew today, resplendent as it was in the winter sunshine. I'm lucky to have this gem within my county during these times of Covid- restricted travels.
There are about 25 Cairns in the hills here, Cairn T being the biggest, best preserved and most visible. They date from neolhthic times, 4000-2500bc.
It is a short walk up the steep grassy hillside along a marked path. It is steep but it will be no problem for those with any sort of fitness or mobility. There are no dangerous drops or loose rocks so trainers or sturdy shoes will suffice.
There is a small car park at the base but no other facilities and it is free to enter the site.
Written 29 December 2020
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David D
309 contributions
One of the four great passage tomb sites in Ireland.
Sep 2020
Loughcrew is a series of tombs spread across several hills near Oldcastle in Meath. The tombs date from the Neolithic period and are probably in or around 5300 years old. The largest of these tombs is Cairn T, on the hill of Carnbane East. There is a car park and a little walk over the fields to the top of the hill brings you to cairns. The views are wonderful, as this is the highest point in County Meath and on a clear day you can see Slieve Gullion and other mountains to the north.

Most of the tombs only remain as stone circles, but Cairn T has an intact central chamber, which is fenced off. However, even though technically you can get a key, the passageway is barred by a steel support after about 2 metres, so there is no real point in getting the key. The rock carvings can be partly viewed through the iron doorway anyway. A nearby tomb is completely open and also has some impressive rock carvings.

The site boasts some amazing views, but it is not wheelchair friendly, and, as one is walking over grass and sheep fields, some form of waterproof footwear is advisable.
Written 26 September 2020
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Mini30
Dublin64 contributions
Go Visit
Jul 2020 • Family
Lovely short walk. Takes about 15 mins, climbed it with 2 and 5 year old and they loved it. Fantastic views. Steps at outset. Easy climb you can take at your own pace and benches to relax on. Beautiful place
Written 26 July 2020
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Sergiy M
Dublin, Ireland1,602 contributions
Prehistoric
Jul 2020 • Family
Neolithic history of Ireland. Make sense to visit. Make sure to wear suitable shoes. A bit of effort to go up to the hill. Be aware of the very narrow road and very small parking. Drive very careful.
Written 26 July 2020
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Seeryj88
20 contributions
Always an amazing place
Jul 2020 • Couples
Its definitely one of best views around, it's a bit of a steep climb but one you get to the top its amazing, you can see so many counties on a clear day, After you climb the hill there is a lovely little cafe to go to and the food and staff are great
Written 24 July 2020
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Donna
County Meath, Ireland31 contributions
Beautiful
Jul 2020 • Couples
I love it here it’s always so peaceful and the views are amazing! And there’s a cafe just a 5 minute walk from the cairns for a nice treat after the walk
Written 12 July 2020
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Ann H
Albuquerque, NM68 contributions
Great site for a Hike.
Oct 2019
This burial cairn and stone circle is worth the experiencing. You cannot go inside the cairn any longer. It is a hike up a very long incline and can be very slippery.
Written 3 December 2019
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