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Loughcrew - Sliabh na Caillighe

The Loughcrew cairns are located 40 kilometres from Newgrange, situated on three hill summits near the town of Oldcastle, Co. Meath. The hills, known collectively as "Sliabh na Caillighe", or the "Mountain of the Witch" and sometimes "The Storied Hills", are individually called Carnbane West, Carnbane East and Patrickstown. The highest of these peaks reaches over 900 feet above sea level. They are probably older than Newgrange, dating to between 3500 and 3300 BC, and many contain astronomical symbolism like that at Brú na Bóinne.

Cairns V & T
Cairn T ceiling stone
Cairn U
Cairn T passage stone
Equinox Stone

Illuminated stones - exclusive pictures from inside Cairn T and Cairn L, including the 'equinox stone', plus the ceiling of the end recess of Cairn T, which may feature one of the earliest known maps of the heavens.

Cairn V in silhouette

Cairn T - lots of photographs and information about this well known cairn, including the passage and chamber carvings, a photo of the Hag's Chair, and information about archaeology at Loughcrew.

Cairn U - photos of some highly decorated stones at this small cairn which is located right beside Cairn T on the peak of Carnbane East in Loughcrew. UPDATED
Map of Loughcrew cairns - maps of both Carnbane East and Carnbane West showing a total of 19 different sites.
Carnbane East photo gallery: Taken on a beautiful bright Winter Solstice, this selection of photographs gives an impression of the landscape in which the ancient sites of Loughcrew are set.
Spring Equinox 2007: Photos showing the illumination of the chamber at dawn on the Vernal Equinox.
star wheel

Carnbane West: Photos and information about the cairns and megalithic art on Carnbane West, including Cairn L with its Samhain sunrise alignment and Cairn D, the biggest on Loughcrew.

New discoveries: One of Ireland’s most noted archaeological landscapes, Loughcrew, Co. Meath, has yielded new secrets to an innovative airborne survey.
Autumn Equinox 2005: A gallery of images from Loughcrew, Sept. '05. The sun didn't shine!
star wheel Spring Equinox 2005: On a clear equinox morning, the sun shines into Cairn T at Loughcrew and illuminates the rear chamberstone. Inclement weather meant the 2005 event was missed, but the conditions made for some interesting photography.
Spring Equinox 2008: A fantastically bright and clear morning made for a very enjoyable Spring Equinox at Cairn T on March 22nd, 2008. Some very nice images in this gallery. NEW
Mountains panorama: On a clear day, the Dublin Mountains, which lie some 50 miles to the southeast of Loughcrew, are visible. So also are mountains in Leitrim and Cavan, over 40 miles to the northwest. See the panoramic mountain view to the northwest here. NEW
star wheel Aerial photos: A Mythical Ireland exclusive- aerial photographs of the cairns at Loughcrew - and some of the other monuments in the area. NEW

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