One of the country’s oldest monuments the Loughcrew cairns, a complex 5,000 year passage of tombs is an ideal location to witness the Equinox sunrise. The Office of Public Works (OPW) provides free admission to the site during the summer months and at dawn on the days of the Equinox sunrise, i.e. around March 21st and September 21st when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal.
The Loughcrew cairns, situated at the top of County Meath’s highest hills is a contemporary of the great monuments of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth at Brú na Bóinne, though on a smaller scale. There are about 30 tombs at Loughcrew, sited on four different hills known as Sliabh na Caillí, or, the Hills of the Witch.