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Great for a hike and not a difficult trek, highly recommended. At the top of climb see the Megalithic Tombs steeped in history. Coffee shop open 200 m down the road from gate into hill. Open until end Oct. However Lough Crew gardens are open all year around. Separate entrance (google it) See book left at property explaining the history of the area.
The Loughcrew Cairns are a group of Neolithic passage tombs dating to 3000 BC. Stunning views of Ireland as well as these magnificent ancient tombs make this place well worth a visit.
A small uphill hike to megalithic tombs over 5200 years old. It is the higest point in Meath at 276m above sea level. The hike takes about 15-20 min and gives spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Nellys coffee shop is located a short distance from the car park, for refreshments.
County Meath's highest point with fantastic views of the Boyne Drive
About 15 minute drive will bring you to one of Ireland’s greatest archaeological secrets – an array of passage tombs and cairns that are just as impressive as any in the Boyne Valley, but without an entrance fee or the sense of being on a tourist treadmill. As you approach the site, past dilapidated cottages, new bungalows, old graveyards, the ruins of an aristocratic mansion and two Medieval lime kilns, you’d be forgiven for dismissing the pair of green bellies that rise in gentle undulations from the County Meath landscape as unworthy of further attention. But in fact these hills of Carnmore East and West, preserve an extraordinary collection of ancient ceremonial sites, Neolithic artwork and some of the oldest free-standing buildings known to mankind. Loughcrew is certainly a heady place, with the remains of corbelled passage tombs scattered across the hills, which are decorated at significant points with indecipherable symbols: a profusion of concentric circles, zig-zags, swirls, cupmarks, radiating lines and coiled curls. The site offers tantalising glimpses into the lives of our ancestors from 5000 years ago, and great views across 18 counties that stretch out in all directions. At night the pole star lies directly in front of a massive rock seat, from where the cailleach (witch), Garavogue, used to monitor the cosmos. In recent years a local family have opened Nellie’s Coffee Shop in an old cottage just beneath the passage tomb. It is part of their Loughcrew Megalithic Centre which offers a good summation of the history and folklore of the site and a fine pot of tea and scones.
About 15 minute drive will bring you to one of Ireland’s greatest archaeological secrets – an array of passage tombs and cairns that are just as impressive as any in the Boyne Valley, but without an entrance fee or the sense of being on a tourist treadmill. As you approach the site, past dilapidate…