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Loughcrew Cairns


Loughcrew or Lough Crew (Irish: Loch Craobh, meaning ‘lake of the tree’) is an area of historical importance near Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland. It is home to a group of ancient tombs from the 4th millennium BC, some decorated with rare megalithic art, which sit on top of a range of hills.


During my brother Ian’s visit to Ireland, we decided to go see the Loughcrew Cairns. Below are some pictures from the short, but steep (!), hike up to the tombs.

There was something special about this stone…
Fantastic views of the rolling hills in the Irish countryside.
The climb is a lot steeper than it looks! Be warned!
At the top!
The entrance to the largest tomb is gated.
Several smaller burial mounds surround the largest one.
While not really visible in this picture, the stones are decorated with megalithic art.
It is fantastic that one can walk so close to such a significant part of human history.
The lawn was being maintained by the most eco-friendly lawnmower ever invented.
Proper “Windows XP wallpaper” vibes.

That’s it! Definitely a sight to see if you’re visiting Ireland and it’s a special opportunity to walk so close to monuments that are almost 6000 years old.


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