'Loughcrew' : Passage Tomb Cemetery

TownlandLoughcrew Cemetery
CountyMeath
Grid RefN 585 775
Longitude7° 6' 47.66" W
Latitude53° 44' 37.77" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownOldcastle (4.3 Km)
OS Sheet42
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This site has subsites

Loughcrew - Corstown - Loughcrew (Carnbane East) - Passage Tomb CemeteryLoughcrew - Newtown - Loughcrew (Carnbane West) - Passage Tomb Cemetery
Loughcrew - Patrickstown - Patrickstown - Passage Tomb Cemetery
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 7th October 2001

Loughcrew is a massive megalithic cemetery spanning four hill tops, the highest four peaks in the area. There is a flurry of megalithic activity in this area including a stone circle, standing stones, fulachtai fia as well as the thirty or so passage graves.

Most of the activity is on Carnbane East (Corstown) and Carnbane West (Newtown), each having nine or more tombs. There is a a single overgrown tomb on Newtown Hill and several run down ones on Patrickstown Hill. Patrickstown Hill has a unique carving in one of its chambers.

On Carnbane East the fantastic cairn T has been restored to almost its former glory. It has carvings on nineteen orthostats, two sill stones, eight roof stones and one kerb stone.

On Carbane West cairn L has been semi-restored. It has two basins and sixteen decorated orthostats.

This place really is a marvel.

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Sunday, 8th December 2002

Amazingly the car park at the cafe where you get the cairn T key from was packed with walkers. While we had the tops of the hills at Loughcrew to ourselves.

One small note! They are now asking for a FIFTY EURO deposit for the key to cairn T.

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Marked Sites

Directions

The best way to see Carbane East is to park in the car park at N 53 775. To reach this take the R163 west from Kells and join the R154. At Patrickstown bear left (the R154 carries straight on but looks like a separate road) and turn right where you see the signs for Loughcrew Megalithic Graves. The car park is over the brow of the hill along this road. I believe the keys are available in Newtown, where this turning is.

Random Gazetteer

A Selection of Other Passage Tomb Cemeteries

External Links

Knowth.com

A great site specialising in the megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, Fourknocks, Loughcrew and Tara.
Click here to visit this site

About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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