Given the high profile of Brú na Bóinne, the amazing Stone Age passage graves strewn about the Loughcrew Hills, along the R154 near Oldcastle, are often overlooked. They're well off the beaten track and relatively few people ever bother, which means you can enjoy this moody and evocative place in peace.
Like Brú na Bóinne, the graves were all built around 3000 BC, but unlike their better-known and better-excavated peers, the Loughcrew tombs were used at least until 750 BC.
Although there are 32 tombs here, most are on private land and inaccessible to the public. It is possible, however, to visit Cairn T at Carnbane East, a steep but scenic 15-minute climb from the car park.