Explore This! County Meath and Loughcrew, Ireland

Filed in Explore This , The Quirky Lover Posted on August 22, 2011 @ 2:00 pm 5 comments

Today, we’re heading over to the Emerald Isle, to take a peek at an area in the North East corner of Ireland. County Meath is the home of the Loughcrew cairns, an ancient “site of megalithic burial grounds dating back to approximately 3500 and 3300 BC”. I drew my inspiration from my current read, Michelle Zink’s Circle of Fire. Lia, the main character, has to seek part of the prophecy info in this part of the world and being true to my geekish need-to-know form, I HAD to look it up! From what I read, this would be a fantastic place to explore, nevermind the rest of the beautiful country around it. Let’s take a look and tell me if you all agree:

While Stonehenge is arguably the most famous site of standing stones,
 all through England, Scotland, and Ireland, you can find similar circles. 
(Remember Claire’s portal in The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon?)

All around the ancient sites, you’ll find these beautiful, green,
 landscapes that are almost unfathomable to city dwellers.

This is close to Loughcrew and I believe dates back even further. 
Any alien conspiracy theorists out there?

Through the Irish towns, you’ll find these quaint buildings, which I’m sure
 have no shortage of history themselves, though maybe not as ancient 🙂

The sun rising at Loughcrew, which was built especially with this in mind.

There are caverns within the cairns, filled with stones covered in etchings…

…like this backstone piece that is illuminated by the vernal and autumnal 
equinoxes. Such masterful creations from ancient times!

The River Boyne

The beautiful stone work, bridges, etc. are just stunning.
And to leave you with a few more castles in the area: Dunsany Castle

Killeen Castle, which is being converted into a hotel with golf club.

It is seeing places like this that make me want to pull out the text books, and really study the history, in depth. Ah, if only I were like Indian Jones…

So, what do you think? Is this a place that needs to be added to the travel wishlist?

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • wendydbooks August 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Gorgeous countryside! It reminds me a lot of Scotland, that we visited as a family in 2008 and it was amazing! This is DEFINITELY a place to visit on vacation! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Rebs @ Book-Rants August 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Most definitely add to the travel list. I visited Ireland last year and it was AMAZING! Such beautiful countryside mixed with such rich history!

  • Stella (Ex Libris) August 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I SO love Ireland! IT is such a magical and beautiful country, thank you for the wonderful photos Jackie! 😀

  • Jackie August 26, 2011 at 10:05 am

    @wendy – I think there are a lot of similarities between Scotland and Ireland in the look. It is the cultures of both countries that need to be experienced to see the differences (both great, in their own ways 🙂

    @Rebs – Oh! So jealous… It is definitely in my top 10 destinations.

    @Stella – Have you been?! I hope next time I make it to Scotland that I can do the grand tour, including England and Ireland too.

  • Sugar August 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

    oooh I love me some standin stones! mmmm drooling over outlander.. that was my fav of all favs series!

    I can't wait to read this one (circle of fire).. if it is at all as excellent as it sounds!
    I'm irish.. sorta..ggramps came over from there.. and would love to visit!

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