Ceide Fields, County Mayo

The Céide Fields is an archaeological site on the north County Mayo coast in the west of the Republic of Ireland, about 8 kilometres northwest of Ballycastle. The site is the most extensive Neolithic site in the world and contains the oldest known field systems in the world. Using various dating methods, it was discovered that the creation and development of the Céide Fields goes back some five and a half thousand years (~3500 BCE).The site is in Unesco's tentative list to gain World Heritage status.HistoryThe discovery of the Céide Fields originally began in the 1930s when a local man, schoolteacher Patrick Caulfield, noticed piles of rocks which were uncovered as he cut away some peat for fuel. In these piles of peat he saw a design that could not have been haphazard; Caulfield noted that the rocks must have been placed there by people, because their configuration was clearly unnatural and deliberate. Furthermore, the rocks were positioned below the bog, which meant they were there before the bog developed, implying a very ancient origin.The unravelling of the true significance of this discovery did not begin for another forty years when Patrick's son, Seamus, having studied archaeology, began to investigate further. Investigations revealed a complex of fields, houses and megalithic tombs concealed by the growth of blanket bogs over the course of many centuries.
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  • This is an historic site but it requires a feat of imagination, as there's not a lot to see. The majority of the neolithic walls are buried under the peat, with a line of posts to mark the course of s...  more »
  • We watched the video before taking the guided tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the history was very interesting. Outstanding scenery on the tour and from the visitors centre. The staff on du...  more »
  • Stopped here whilst touring the area, needed toilets and something to eat. Cafeteria was very clean and spacious. Soup served was very good, as was the cheese and ham panini which I had. The staff wer...  more »
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  • Fab staff that were always helpful and informative about Ceide Fields and everything else we asked them. Lovely restaurant with clean toilets. The staff are so dedicated that they do tours on heavy rain and windy conditions so bring wet weather gear
  • A very informative place. I'd highly recommend it to history buffs
  • I visited the Céide Fields on Saturday, it is unbelievable to see , just to know that your standing on lands that out ancestors worked, lived and died on, is empowering . The Céide Fields (Irish: Achaidh Chéide, meaning "flat topped hill fields") is an archaeological site on the north County Mayo coast in the west of Ireland, it is about 8 kilometres northwest of Ballycastle. This site is the most extensive Neolithic site in Ireland and contains the oldest known field systems in the world. Using various dating methods, it was discovered that the creation and development of the Céide Fields goes back some five and a half thousand years ago. If your traveling that way it is worth a visit , hope you enjoy the photos :) Sláinte.
  • Should be good but the site has no information on the site. The information centre is ok but the language in the panels is clumsy and so confusing. The centre needs to add info panels to the objects in the field that they feel is important. The customer experience is compromised. There is no card facility in site but this is not publicised before hand and when this is pointed out, the staff are quite rude about it. All in all, not worth the €5 pp.
  • Like all the best historical places in Ireland it's a bit out of the way. But well worth it. Amazing bit of our history that doesn't get a lot of coverage. Just great even for the views. Great for kids too and food is good as well. So can just head out the door and go. Works as a half hour stop off or a day out.

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