Loughcrew, Oldtown,Co.Meath

Contact Details

Telephone No.: 28th May -26th August  + 353 (87) 0524975

Outside of the listed dates please contact Brú Na Boinne Visitor Centre .


Opening Hours


 28th May - 26th August 

 Daily 10.00 - 17.00.

Due to ongoing conservation works access to the interior of Cairn T is not possible at present.

The rest of the monuments on the hill are not affected by this necessary work.

We regret any inconvenience caused.

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour.


Admission Fees



Public car/coach parking area.

Please note the approach road is very narrow and extreme caution is needed.

There are no toilet facilities.

Restaurant/Tearooms: None

The Loughcrew Cairns, also known as the Hills of the Witch, are a group of Neolithic passage tombs dating to 3000 BC. The tombs are located on three different hills and Cairn T, one of the largest tombs in the complex, is situated on Cairnbane East. Inside this tomb lies a cruciform chamber, a corbelled roof and some of the most beautiful examples of Neolithic art in Ireland. During the Vernal and Autumn Equinox people gather at dawn in Cairn T to watch sunlight enter the chamber and illuminate the inside of the tomb. 

Location: 3km east of Oldcastle. off R163, about 80km north-west of Dublin.Bus Route(s): Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 (1) 836 6111Guided Tours:Max No: 7  All groups of 10 or more must be pre-booked.Guides will always be in attendance while visitors go inside the tomb.

Leaflet/Guide book: EnglishSeasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above.Photography / Video allowed: Yes. Consent required for commercial purposes.Additional Information: The climb to Cairn T is very steep and visitors are asked to wear suitable footwear and to be carfeful. There is no access for visitors in wheelchairs.