Slieve na Calliagh
|Slieve na Calliagh|
|Sliabh na Caillí|
|Elevation||276 m (906 ft) |
|Prominence||171 m (561 ft) |
|Listing||County Top (Meath), Marilyn|
|English translation||the hag's mountain|
|Language of name||Irish|
|Location||County Meath, Republic of Ireland|
|Parent range||Meath Hills|
Slieve na Calliagh (Irish: Sliabh na Caillí, meaning "the Cailleach's mountain") is a range of hills and archaeological site near Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland. The summit is 276 metres (906 ft), the highest point in the county, and an important site for megalithic tombs.
The hills are named after the Cailleach, the divine hag of Irish mythology. Legend has it that the monuments were created when a giant hag, striding across the land, dropped her cargo of large stones from her apron.
Slieve na Calliagh includes the hills of Carnbane West, Carrickbrack, Carnbane East, and Patrickstown Hill.
On various hilltops are megalithic tombs dating back to the 4th millennium BC. These tombs are also known as the Slieve na Calliagh, or as the Loughcrew, tombs. The rays of the equinox sunrise shine down the passageway of the Cairn T and illuminate an inner chamber with megalithic stone carvings. It is one of the four main passage tomb sites in Ireland and is a protected National Monument.
- Lists of mountains in Ireland
- List of Irish counties by highest point
- List of mountains of the British Isles by height
- List of Marilyns in the British Isles
- Megalithic Cairns at Slieve na Calliagh - photos and videos from Knowth.com
|This article related to the geography of County Meath, Ireland is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|