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Loughcrew Cairns

A high point of Neolithic art and design

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Loughcrew Cairns

A high point of Neolithic art and design

See all opening times

Equinox: OPW staff will be in attendance on 21, 22 and 23 September.
Sunrise is at 07:50 approx.

Access to outside spaces only.


Free admission

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Co. Meath

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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

Guides on site from 30 May 2023

Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour.


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.


Co. Meath

087 0524975

Getting Here

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

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  • Brochure
  • Car park
  • Guided tours


  • Dogs on lead
  • Limited Access
  • No climbing


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