Ancient Irish Passage Tombs
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.
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 Cairn throughout the Equinox mornings and days. Above is a video from the Autumn Equinox in 2016 courtesy of Boyne Valley Tours.
The key to Cairn T is available from the Limetree Coffee Shop along with books and leaflets on the sites which are also available to purchase & perfect for that gift to bring home to a friend or loved one. Our cafe serves a beautiful selection of fresh and locally sourced food which is perfect for before or after you enjoy the great historic gardens.