Loughcrew Passage Tombs – Discover Ireland’s Ancient East


When visiting Ireands Ancient East and County Meath, you can groups of ancient  Megalithic Cairns around the Slieve na Caillaigh hills at Loughcrew, they are mainly found near  Carnbane East where and Carnbane West.

The incredible illumination of the Newgrange passage and chamber at the Winter solstice daybreak in Newgrange is known throughout the world. Less popular is the Equinox illumination at sunrise in the Cairn  at Loughcrew.  The back stone of the chamber is brightened by a beam of sunlight at daybreak on the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes.

The sunshine is shaped by the stones of the entryway and passage and descends the back stone while moving from left to the right illuminating the solar symbols. Equinox sunlight in Cairn T – Loughcrew.

When visiting the loughcrew cairns you can stroll up Carnbane East to Cairn T, a 10 minute walk up a grassy hill from a little carpark. During the summertime there is a guide at the Cairn, at other times the Cairn  is locked, so to get in, you can collect the key at the neighboring Loughcrew Gardens.

The Cairns are also Know As:

Sliabh na Callaighe
Loughcrew Passage Tombs
Megalithic Cemetery

What is a cairn, who built them, why were the built and when?

A cairn is an ancient man-made structure of stones. although Carins can have many different uses, the ones around Loughcrew were used as burial places.
The structure of passage burial places are centred around Loughcrew were built over 5,000 years ago..

Ancient stone complex of cairns, standing stones and stone circles known today as Loughcrew or Carnbane East & West & Patrickstown. Also known as the Hills Of the Nurturerlong ago and also the site of ancient wise sages and Judgement during Brehon Law times of our old world.

There are many stories from a 5000 year old timeline, enjoy exploring the Ancient East of Ireland.