Ancient Passage Tomb: Loughcrew, Co Meath


This passage tomb is older than Newgrange, and the tour inside provides a much more up-close and personal experience than it’s Co Louth neighbor. Guides with flashlights (torches) point out the ancient carvings and explain the cairn’s alignment with the sun during the Vernal and Autumn Equinox. This stop is not for the claustrophobic or those afraid of the dark. There is no visitor centre and tours of the inside may be limited.

Written by Corey Taratuta

Corey Taratuta

Corey hosts the Irish Fireside podcast and blog. His writing appears on www.Lonely Planet.com and www.WanderingEducators.com, he has been nominated for Irish Blog and Web Awards, and his Irish travel program ranks in the iTunes Top 50 Travel Podcasts. Corey’s Tips | Website

3 Responses

  1. Sue July 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    I may be biased – in fact I know I’m biased – but I have to say that this is one of the most special of Ireland’s ancient monuments. As you say Corey it doesn’t have the razamataz of some of the more well known sites, but the fact that you can just walk up the hill (Sliabh na Cailli or Witches Mountain) any time of the year and sit on top of this 3000 year old cairn is magic. It’s the highest point of county Meath and looking southward you can see all across the rolling plains of Meath to the Wicklow Mountains. To the west is the Ben of Fore (you gotta see Fore Abbey), to the north East you can see to the Cooley Mountains in Antrim and north across the drumlins and lakes of Cavan and on a clear day all the way to Fermanagh!

    From June to September the Office of Public Works Tour Guides are there from 10am to 6pm, hail, rain or shine and they’ll give you a fantastic, free, guided tour.

    Don’t miss it!

    • Corey Taratuta July 5, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

      I’m in complete agreement with you on this Sue. My visit there was among my most memorable experiences in Ireland to date.

      Thanks for adding a bit more.

  2. Murray July 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    This is a great spot, and not enough people know about it!

    Here’s my acount of a visit I made while visiting the highest point in each county of Ireland.

    http://countytops.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/loughcrewslieve-na-calliagh-co-meath/

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