Loughcrew Cairns
Loughcrew Cairns
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Historic SitesAncient RuinsHistoric Walking Areas
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Loughcrew Cairns are one of Meaths best kept secerts.The monumnets date back to 3.500BC and loughcrew tombs offer guided tours throughout these historic hills.
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Sara G.
Saint Louis, MO528 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
The Loughcrew Cairns, also known as the Loughcrew Passage Tombs, are prehistoric burial and ritual grounds 5,200 years old (4000-2500 BC). These were constructed by the Neolithic or Stone Age people. A cairn is a man-made pile or stack of stones, often serving as a burial monument. This complex comprises 32 recorded cairns scattered over four hills. The cairns were rediscovered in 1863 by Eugene Conwell, who happened upon them during a picnic. Incredible.
Written 15 June 2024
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Norfolk n Good
Norwich, UK1,447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Free parking and entry to the cairns, guides are there if you require that, we just wandered around and enjoyed the stone circles and the burial chamber which sadly you cannot enter now.. The gentleman in the parking booth was very friendly and helpful.
Written 25 May 2024
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Rachel B
Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
I went here on a hike/walk with my husband and kids, we are currently staying in a yurt in the Loughcrew megalithic site.
We drove up because it was raining heavily but it eventually stopped and we began walking.

Lovely views from the top and a very kind tour guide answered all our questions☺️ Sadly I didn't get his name.

It was a steep but me and my family do plenty of hiking do it was enjoyable 😁

Amazing place to go sightseeing and it was very fun for the kids aswell

100% recommend and we will be back down 👍
Written 19 July 2023
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Diane K
52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Be prepared for a long walk up a semi steep hill. But when you get to the top, oh my! The scenic view is incredible. The main cairn is quite large with smaller cairns all the way around it. You can't go in the main cairn as it is starting to collapse. It has a locked gate.
I was a little annoyed when we were there as we could not look at some of the smaller cairns. There were people meditating in them. Why you would want to lie in a burial mound, I don't know.
There are nice bathrooms about 50 feet down the road at a little campground. The cairns are free, but they ask for a donation.
They are a nice, easy drive from Dublin.
Written 12 July 2023
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brendan617
Castlebar, Ireland216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed our visit here. A bit of a climb however it was worth it. Just to think of what happened here around 5000 years ago. Wow!!!
Written 23 April 2023
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Victoria
189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Yes, yes, yes. I love ancient sites and this was one of the best. Ancient stones scattered around and among the best views in all of Ireland. Depending on the weather, a bit windy at the top. But if you're blessed with a clear day, you can see into all four Irish provinces.

Is it a steep climb up? Not excessively, but it could take a bit of wind out of you. (And wearing good shoes will help.) But so completely worth it.
Written 1 February 2023
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Chastidyi
Seymour, TN679 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Friends
My husband, aunts, and I went to Loughcrew on our holiday to Ireland. I was glad I packed some tennis shoes (I’m normally in flip flops) for the hike up to the top. It was somewhat physically challenging since it seemed like we were going straight up, but the view was worth it. We poked around a bit until it was time for the tour, and we really enjoyed learning from the guide. Would definitely do it again.
Written 25 July 2022
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mihaela s
Otopeni, Romania17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Friends
We visited the place during our camping and the place is amazing. We're lucky to get a tur guide.
The view is very beautiful and worth the 10 min climbing.
Written 13 July 2022
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CaseyBe
London, UK190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Couples
It's a bit out of the way and you have to climb uphill but it's worth it.
We went during OPW opening hours and had a fantastic tour with Felim (hope I spelt that right) who was very knowledgeable and described all the tombs, the lumps and bumps in the ground, the landscape around the hill and showed us the decorated stones. Marvellous.
Written 12 July 2022
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Sam3314
Derby, UK2,089 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Interesting cairn. Lovely views. This is a bit off the beaten track. There is a small car park near the top of the hill and then it is a steep climb to the cairn, however you can take it gradually and is achievable even by the relatively unfit. The views are incredible so plenty of excuse to 'enjoy the view'. There are a couple of information boards to explain what you are looking at. When you get to the cairn, do stop and look down the passageway to the stone at the end of the passage (torch useful) as the artwork is impressive.
Written 25 November 2021
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