The remains of Cairn A3, quite ruined, in a knoll of trees. Beyond can be seen Cairn M (centre) and Cairn T (on the left).
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Loughcrew - Cairn A

There are three sites labelled A, Cairns A, A2 and A3. All were quite ruined when Conwell looked at them in the 1860's. A and A2 seem to have been quite small (between 6 and 8 m in diameter), while he gives a possible diameter of 20 m for A3. The standing stone in the photo above is probably the only remaining kerbstone of Cairn A3. Very lttle remains of A and A2. These three sites are the southmost satellites of the largest cairn at Loughcrew, Cairn D.

On the southern scalp of the hill, in a most conspicuous position, sixty yards south-west from D, and nearly close to the southern side of the present deer-park wall, once stood a carn twenty-two yards in diameter. Its present remains are not more than a foot or two in height, consisting chiefly of small fragmentary stones, the debris of the former carn, and these are now covered with green grass.

Cairn B
Cairn B appears again to have been quite a small monument with a diameter of about 9 meters. It is also quite ruined, with three stones remaining of the chamber. Conwell thought it might be oriented to about 110°, the general direction of the Boyne Valley, Tara and Fourknocks.

Forty-six yards to the west of D are the remains of a carn seven yards in diameter. The loose stones which formed it are nearly all gone, leaving in the centre three large flags, laid on edge, forming a chamber twelve feet in length, and two feet in breadth, pointing in the direction of E20°S. In clearing out this chamber several fragments of cliarred bones, which had acquired an unusual degree of heaviness, were found mixed with the earth at the bottom.

Cairn C

The only remains of Cairn C are a few stones which may be what is left of the chamber, in a low mound which Herity gives as perhaps 5 m across. These sites on the south side of Cairnbane West may have been robbed to build the massive wall which seperates them from the other monuments. Huge walls are a feature of the Loughcrew Hills, and must account for the destruction of the smaller cairns.

A large cashel in the valley below Cairn T, one of several around the hills.