Slieve Na Calliagh 276m hill, North Midlands Meath Ireland at
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Slieve Na Calliagh Hill Sliabh na Caillí A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh na Caillí [], 'mountain of the hag') County Highpoint of Meath, in County Highpoint, Binnion Lists, Calcareous red-mica greywacke Bedrock

Height: 276m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 42 Grid Reference: N58617 77580
Place visited by 268 members. Recently by: IainT, therealcrow, PaulaMelvin, rollingwave, Sigrun, Bunsen7, NickDown, TommyMc, Seamus-hills, wallr, hak493r, flynnke, gaelbrad, clacon, Jerpoint23
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Longitude: -7.112337, Latitude: 53.744699 , Easting: 258617, Northing: 277580 Prominence: 171m,  Isolation: 11.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 658553 777595,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvNCl, 10 char: SlvNClgh
Bedrock type: Calcareous red-mica greywacke, (Clontail Formation)

The archaeological complex on several of the tops of these hills, consisting of passage tombs with megalithic art on their walls, is best known as Loughcrew. This is the name of a townland and a parish in the area, and the complex lies within this parish. Several of the most important monuments in the complex are located in the townland of Carnbane. The name Sliabh na Caillí refers to the Cailleach Bhéirre or Hag of Beara. Here she is said to have jumped from one hill to the next, dropping stones from her apron to form the cairns.   Slieve Na Calliagh is the 1214th highest place in Ireland. Slieve Na Calliagh is the highest point in county Meath.

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paulocon on Slieve Na Calliagh, 2008
by paulocon  5 Oct 2008
Having set myself the goal of standing atop the high points of all 32 counties in Ireland and after my youngest daughter informed me that she'd love to 'climb a mountain', Slieve Na Calliagh offered the perfect opportunity to keep us all happy!

This was my second high-point in a week but was a complete contrast to the ardous climb up Slieve Donard in the Mournes. The location is very easy to find, simply head for Oldcastle from Kells and it's signposted for the last few kilometres. From the carpark, it's around a 400-500 metre walk to the tomb itself. For a family trip, it's excellent in that the walk up the hill provides a challenge to younger kids and a sense of achievment when they reach the top - a gentle introduction to hillwalking!

Although it may be one of the lower county high points, the fact that the land around is so flat means that the views from atop the hill are excellent. We had a bit of a haze today but I believe that in a really clear day, you can see the Mournes in Down and the Wicklow Mountains. Today, we could see the hills of Baileboro in County Cavan as well as lakes in Westmeath. The history of the hill and the archaeology upon it obviously make it one of the more interesting summits to be found.

All in all, a great one for the family - the kids absolutely loved it as did I. Highly recommended and I'll certainly be bringing my crowd back again! Trackback:
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Picture: view to the west from half way up
Thylacine on Slieve Na Calliagh, 2009
by Thylacine  11 May 2009
As the highest point in the county in which I currently reside, and one of the closer tops listed on MV to where I live, it seemed like a handy, pleasant, family friendly one to mark my pathetic second notch on my lists. It is all that, and more. Information posted about Slieve Na Cailligh here already refer to the wonderful views to the Mournes in the north and the Dublin mountains in the south.A stunning day for it (10-05-09), and it really is as easy a stroll as one could ask for. I'm reluctant to even call it a climb,though it was highly enjoyable. I am indebted to other posters here (paulocon, Geo, Audi-Anne etc) for info on the history of the site and the suitability of it for a more family oriented climb. My four year old wasn't challenged, or exhausted. Odd to see a sheep carcass (picked clean and incomplete) in one corner of the outer fenced area on the southern facing side. The car park (N53.44.645 W 7.07.120) makes it extremely accessible and the views were being enjoyed by a few people, but it certainly was not what you would call over crowded on a beautiful, bright, warm day in early May. To say the ancient sites provide added intrest is an understatement. The fascinating constructions offer plenty to explore and the carvings are impressive for a site, I, in my ignorance knew little of 36 hours ago. There were some new age ladies performing some quiet, personal paganistic rite there, shame they didn't heed Geo's advice though as thier two dogs tried to make a snack of my tethered little fella! Seemed to be nice ladies though. Trackback:
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Geo on Slieve Na Calliagh, 2008
by Geo  6 Sep 2008
Meaths highest point (Correct me please if I'm wrong). Very easy to climb to the top of. To get to it simply take the Kells to Oldcastle road R183 and look out for the little road up to the right which brings you to a good sized car park only a few hundred metres walk from the top.
The views on a good day are terrific as being in Meath and having nothing much around it height-wise there's unobstructed views of the Westmeath lakes, the Mornes, the Cavan drumlins, and the peatlands of Kildare and Offaly, as well of course as the Wicklow mountains.
The top is a megalithic site with burial chambers, and the like, and is part of a complex which includes nearby hills which have smaller burial sites, although I'm not actually certain that these are fully accessible as this whole area is on private land. There are OPW signs to give you a flavour of the history at the car park and on the top.
Well worth a few minutes if you are passing on your Sunday jaunt, No dogs off the lead though, sheep are in abundance. Trackback:
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Picture: Inside Cairn T on Carnbane East
cormacg on Slieve Na Calliagh, 2009
by cormacg  26 Sep 2009
The Loughcrew Gardens website ( describes these cairns as the best kept secret in archaeological Ireland. They're not joking. We were lucky to be there at the same time as someone with a key to the cairn on top of Carnbane East. We're coming back next March. Only fifty people out of 32,955, applied successfully to be at Newgrange this December for the winter solstice. Turn up at Loughcrew on March 21 or September 22 for something nearly as good. See for a flavour. Trackback:
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Picture: Tomb on the summit
murphysw on Slieve Na Calliagh, 2008
by murphysw  15 Sep 2008
Did a bit of a rush job on this as I was racing around the day I was here bagging the county high points of Meath, Westmeath, and Longford. Which is a pity as this has to be the most interesting county high point in the country. I wasn't even aware of the historical importance of the site until I happened upon it on my high point quest. It definately attracts less attention than Tara or Newgrange. Will definitely have to go back for a more thorough look some day Trackback:
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Audi-Anne on Slieve Na Calliagh, 2008
by Audi-Anne  16 Sep 2008
Slieve na Callaigh or Lough Crew and Carnbane East all appear to be the same place. Just three different names. Just Like MurphySw said it has to be the most interesting high point in the Country. I hadn't a clue as to it's historic significance until my friend Aideen and I with a teenager each got there. Luckily it was in august and a local guide was in attendance. We are going back Saturday at sunrise to see the sun shine into the cave. By the way its Neolithic not Megalithic!! We decided in July to do all 32 Highest Points in each County. This Saturday we are also going to do Slieve Foye in Louth Trackback:
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