Loughcrew

The Loughcrew Cairns, also known as the Hills of the Witch, are a group of Neolithic passage tombs dating to 3000BC.

Location

Corstown Oldcastle, Co Meath

History

The Loughcrew Cairns, also known as the Hills of the Witch, are a group of Neolithic passage tombs dating to 3000BC. The tombs are located on three different hills and Cairn T, one of the largest tombs in the complex, is situated on Carnbane East. This tomb has inside a cruciform chamber, a corbelled roof and some of the most beautiful examples of Neolithic art in Ireland. During the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox, people gather at dawn in Cairn T to watch sunlight enter the chamber and illuminate the inside of the tomb. On Cairnbane West is Cairn L, another impressive tomb, and visitors can obtain the key to this tomb from the guides. A visitor to Loughcrew is not only rewarded by some of the most wonderful examples of Stone age cairns but also by some of the most stunning views in Ireland. The climb to both sites is very steep and visitors are asked to wear stout footwear and to be careful.

Unfortunately, there is no access for people in wheelchairs.

Admission

Adult EUR 1.50 Child EUR 0.75 Student EUR 0.75 Senior EUR 1.00 Family EUR 4.25 Group EUR 1.00

Information

Leaflets: Yes Guided Tours: Yes Audio Visual: Yes Exhibition: Yes

Opening Times

Mid June - Mid September Daily 10:00-18:00
Last admission to Cairn T 45 mins. before closing. Key to Cairn L must be returned by 17.30 at the latest.

Visit Length

1hr

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

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