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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 Aénaige / 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 Halloween 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!

Our tour begins in modern day Tulsk and from here we work our way back in time, finishing at the cave Uaimh na gCat (Oweynagat), the origin place of Halloween, and home to 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!

Are you up to the task?

Haunted Halloween Tour

To celebrate Samhain in style this year, we will hold a number of tour events to mark the occasion.

Our annual ‘Haunted Halloween Tour’ will take place this year on Tuesday 29th October, departing Rathcroghan Visitor Centre at 6pm.

Prices: Adult – €15 Junior (Under 18’s) – €10 *Booking fee applies

For more details or to book a place on this tour, click here

Origins of Samhain Tour

As an extra offering this year we are delighted to announce our ‘Origins of Samhain’ tour, a daily tour to Oweynagat (the Cave of the Cats), the birthplace of Samhain and the home of Halloween.

This special seasonal tour will run from 29th Oct to 1st Nov 2019 inclusive, departing Rathcroghan Visitor Centre at 3pm.

Cost is €10 per person (adult/child). *Booking fee applies

For more details or to book a place on this tour, click here

General Tour Information

Please note that as our Halloween Tour Events are very popular and places are limited, that early booking is strongly recommended in order to avoid disappointment. For further details of these events, please Follow Us on Facebook, Join our mailing list or contact us directly.

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 dependent. In the unlikely event of cancellation, a full refund will be issued.

Our Halloween dusk tour is suitable for adults and children aged 10 +.

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  •   Absolutely brilliant tour! Would definitely recommend if in the area. Excellent prices for the quality of the tour. Our guide Michael had an extensive knowledge of the area and was... read more

    nessaflynn
    8/10/2020
  •   We have previously taken tours at other ancient Royal Irish Sites, but were excited to visit Rathcroghan and were not disappointed. We got there early for a 12pm tour and... read more

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    8/10/2020
  •   Interesting and entertaining tour with Elaine. She had us giggling at stories and amazed at her knowledge. We had time to spend before the tour in the visitor centre and... read more

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    8/09/2020
  •   After a lovely breakfast in their cafe we had a fabulous tour with Michael who was so generous, fun, knowledgeable & clearly passionate about the area and all it has... read more

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    8/06/2020
  •   Really enjoyed my visit to the royal site at rathcroghan...a part of Ireland I did not know. The tour given by Michael was most informative and he indulged my frequent... read more

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    8/01/2020
  •   If you’re anywhere close to being able to visit this site then make sure you do.
    It’s incredibly interesting and very well explained and laid out.
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    johnire01
    7/30/2020
  •   A great place to find out about the ancient ring forts and mythical stories of the surrounding area. Well worth the stop!

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    7/30/2020
  •   I would like to thank Elaine for conducting a wonderful tour earlier this month (17 July). Her ease of delivery was very much appreciated and it was far from... read more

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    7/29/2020
  •   our excellent tour guide Mike, from the time you started our tour to the very end,you were a mind of information. it was like being there all those years ago.... read more

    tractor41
    7/23/2020
  •   Excellent tour.at Rathcroghan.
    My wife and I attended the Visitor's centre today (21st July 2020) and did the tour. Our guide Elaine was brilliant, so well informed and so enthusiastic... read more

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    7/21/2020