I’d visited most of the major megalithic sites in Ireland, but somehow had never made it to Loughcrew, or as its also known Sliabh na Caillí – The Hill of the Witch. There’s dozens of tombs scattered across two hills – Carnbane East and West, looking down upon the County Meath village of Oldcastle.
Although not as visually impressive as the remodelled behemoth that is Newgrange, Loughcrew as a significance of its own. While the main chamber is illuminated at sunrise on the Winter solstice, Cairn T at Lough crew does the same at sunrise on the autumn Equinox – with light coming into the chamber onto the megalithic art inside. As the light moves along the solar symbols carved into the rock, the sunlight is formed into a beam by the entrance stones.
All of these are from Carnbane East which includes Cairn T.
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