SAMHAIN At Rathcroghan
The 31st of October marks the celebration of ‘Samhain’, one of the four major pre-Christian Gaelic Pagan Festivals along with Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Imbolc. As Crúachan (Rathcroghan) was traditionally a site for great óenachs or gatherings, it can be suggested that these festivals were very important occasions here. Of the four however, ‘Samhain’ is particularly linked with Rathcroghan.
As Samhain traditionally marks the end of the harvest and the arrival of Winter, it would be particularly relevant to a prehistoric, agricultural society whose survival and welfare would have been intimately linked to the landscape and the seasons. Therefore, it would probably have been a last chance to celebrate the harvest before preparation for the challenge of a cold, dark winter ahead.
As Samhain is a natural interval or liminal period between the Summer and Winter seasons it is perhaps no surprise that this festival provided ease of access across the borders from this world to the Otherworld. It is from the cave of Oweynagat at Samhain that fearsome otherworldly beasts emerge to ravage the surrounding landscape and make it ready for Winter.
Haunted Samhain Tour of Rathcroghan and Oweynagat Cave
With the cave of Uaimh na gCat (Oweynagat) being the home of Halloween, and reputed as Ireland’s Gate to Hell, what better way to spend Halloween, the ancient festival of Samhain, than by a special dusk guided visit down into the bowels of the earth, to prove yourself on this most unholy of nights!
Are you up to the task?
Our tour begins in modern day Tulsk and from here we work our way back in time, visiting Rathmoyle Cemetery and finishing at the cave Uaimh na gCat (Oweynagat), the origin place of Halloween, and home of the mighty Morrigan and many more malicious mystical monsters. Here you can face your fears and any demons that reside within.
This is a truly atmospheric Halloween tour, you won’t want to miss!
Early booking is highly advisable as there are only 20 places available on the tour. Please Follow Us on Facebook, Join our mailing list or contact us directly to learn of the ticket release date for this year’s Halloween Tour!
Under 18 €10
*Booking fee applies
Our Halloween dusk tour is suitable for children aged 10 +, for younger visitors please visit our Facebook page for details of events taking place at Rathcroghan this Halloween!
Please note the Cave of Oweynagat at this time of year, is muddy, dark and slippery, appropriate footwear and clothing must be worn. All tours are weather dependant. In the unlikely event of cancellation, a full refund will be issued.
Dissapointing, this was the worst visitor centre we have been in since we arrived. There was no access to the mound outside and the cave which was the reason we... read more
I'm delighted we took the day to head west to visit the Rathcrogan complex. The tour with Mike was excellent - a wonderful mix of archaeology, mythology and wisecracks. We... read more
A friend of ours suggested we visit the site if possible, and after looking it up we opted to rework the second leg of our trip to make it here.... read more
What a great place! Started out with lunch there, and food and service was wonderful. After that we had a tour of the center, led by Mike. Was a very... read more
We sort of stumbled upon Rathcroghan, but spent almost the entire day there, with our guide, Daniel Curley (who co-wrote the guidebook available for sale). He has amazing knowledge,... read more
Very exciting visit hosted by Daniel and his fantastic team - lovely facilities - great exhibition area - most interesting tour complete with amazing celtic mythology - they certainly bring... read more
- Nicole G
I stumbled upon Rathcroghan's website while looking for things to see during our Ireland vacation and was immediately caught by the chance to see the place that may have been... read more
- Rue o
We stopped off here to break up a long journey. The staff were really friendly and incredibly interesting to chat to. They were keen to interact with visitors... read more
What a great facility! Take us back through the centuries to pre-historic times. The Interpretative Centre is first class and the tour is superb. Declan, our guide,... read more