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“Magical place”

Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns
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Loughcrew Megalithic Walking Tour in Oldcastle
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Oldcastle
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Well worth the walk to enjoy this magical place. The views from the top on a clear day are phenomenal ... breathtaking !

Thank Anne-Marie G
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"coffee shop"
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"steep climb"
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"passage tomb"
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"highest point"
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"amazing sight"
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"well worth the effort"
in 4 reviews
"lovely walk"
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"degree view"
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"sunny day"
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"views are stunning"
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"take your time"
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"magical place"
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"stone carvings"
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"well worth the visit"
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

We hadn't heard of this spot before booking our campsite. There is a steepish climb up from the parking area, but there were very few people around so it was easy to stop and have a look around. There is no charge for admission but there were some OPW tour guides waiting to pass on information about the monument. They were friendly and interested in their job. The guide gave each of us a chunky torch to use when we stepped inside the tomb. It is hard to believe that people are allowed to just get right in there and touch the carvings if they want etc as they are so old. The guide offered a good mix of folklore to engage the children as well as dates and facts. He also willingly took the time to point out the 18 counties visible from the top of the hill. Some other tourists arrived then and while the guide was busy they ignored the signs about not trampling up over the actual cairn. They climbed right up onto it which just shows their stupidity as they only ended up four or five feet higher than us on the highest point in the whole area. The guide spotted them and roared at them to get down. Good to see a bit of passion and interest in our culture and their job!

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

We visited on a rainy, windy, day, and it was still fabulous. It's definitely worth the trudge up the hill--I'm out of shape and it took me 25 minutes, including two stops to catch my breath. At the top I could see vague shapes of nearby hills, along with rock tombs scattered across the landscape. A classic, unspoiled site in Ireland's Ancient East--keep it to yourself.

1  Thank JRMNebraska
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

nice climb to top with sheep around..... What a view at top. Camp site nice..busy with tents. Facilities very good...games room, kitchen ..hob..sink..charge points. Cafe .. Wee shop

Thank George G
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

We went here with 4 children. It is about a 15 / 20 minute walk uphill to the site from the entrance.

The site has 1 well preserved Cairn and several others which have been damaged over time. The views are stunning and well worth the walk, even on a dull day.

We went in the morning for the guided tour, which is free. The OPW guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Inside the passage tomb, the 5000 year old artwork is very well preserved and some of the most detailed I've seen having visited many similar passage tombs in Ireland, including Newgrange.

Lovely piece of history.

Thank Louise_M3
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