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Loughcrew Cairns

A high point of Neolithic art and design

10:00 – 17:00

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Loughcrew Cairns

A high point of Neolithic art and design

10:00 – 17:00

See all opening times

Admission

Free admission

Getting here

Corstown
Oldcastle
Co. Meath
N/A

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Trip Advisor

4.5

Loughcrew Cairns

The Loughcrew cairns, also known as the Hills of the Witch, are a group of Neolithic passage tombs near Oldcastle in County Meath. Spread over four undulating peaks, the tombs are of great antiquity, dating to 3000 BC.

Cairn T is one of the largest tombs in the complex. Inside it lies a cruciform chamber, a corbelled roof and some of the most beautiful examples of Neolithic art in Ireland. The cairn is aligned to sunrise at the spring and autumn equinoxes and at these times people gather there to greet the first rays of the sun.

Guided tours of the site explore the history and mythology of these fascinating monuments.

Opening Times

28 May – 26 August Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour.

Notice

The climb to Cairn T is very steep and visitors are asked to wear suitable footwear and to be careful.

There is no access for visitors in wheelchairs.

Please note the approach road is very narrow and extreme caution is needed.

Due to ongoing conservation works access to the interior of Cairn T is not possible at present.

The rest of the monuments on the hill are not affected by this necessary work.

Contact

Corstown
Oldcastle
Co. Meath
N/A

087 0524975

Getting Here

Located 3km east of Oldcastle. off R163, about 80km north-west of Dublin

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Facilities

  • Brochure
  • Car park
  • Guided tours

Restrictions

  • Limited Access
  • No climbing

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