Visit Loughcrew Cairns, the best kept secret in archaeological Ireland.
In a landscape of inspiring beauty and intriguing history, the cairns at Loughcrew form the largest complex of passage graves in Ireland, much older than the better known Newgrange.
The Cairns are megalithic structures originally built about 4000 bc as burial chambers. The cairns are in two groups; Carnbane West, about 15 cairns, including Cairn L which is roofed and contains superb symbolic carvings in good condition. This group is some 2km walk from the Car Park on gently sloping ground. Carnbane East includes Cairn T, also roofed and with excellent engravings, and is a shorter but steeper walk.
Here is one of the Legends of Loughcrew created by Discover Ireland.
For an Interactive map of Carnbane East and West click here. This map allows you to view all the individual cairns as well as experience the breathtaking views from atop the rich rolling hills of county Meath.
The key to Cairn T is available from the Loughcrew Coffee Shop in the Car Park, along with books and leaflets on the sites.
Cairn L is closed off to public viewing however if you would like to see what it is like inside then click here for a wonderful interactive map to view the inside of the tomb on the Voices from the Dawn website.
For more information about Loughcrew Cairns, click here.
Starting in 2014 there is a Loughcrew Equinox Festival each March 19th to 21st and September 19th to 21st organised by Oldcastle Tourism Group. Bringing together the archaeological and astronomical past of the cairns as well as the spiritual energy of modern day druids and healers it is a wonderful opportunity to experience the magic of the Carin throughout the Equinox mornings and days. Below is a video from the Autumn Equinox in 2016 via Boyne Valley Tours.
For more info on speakers, workshops and pictures please go to the community facebook page for the festival Oldcastle Equinoxes Loughcrew