Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery, Sligo

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  • August 14, 2017
    Services are very good, clean, free and hot showers. Family atmosphere, quiet, great room open to all. You can eat on the spot for cheap. Very welcoming.
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  • August 6, 2017
    An Incredible location in the middle of nowhere, We decided to step at the first parking location and to walk to the cemetery (around 1.5 km) Nice walk, a few rocks to discover and a magnificent view ...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    We had to drove some really rough paths up the hill (need a really good 4WD or tough vehicle), and then climb the steep hill (avoiding the sheep droppings). Two of the ancient tombs you could crawl in...  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    This site has several ancient passage tombs that you can actually enter (climb into). There is no admission fee. This site is located on private land. It's about 35 minutes drive from Slgo. At the end there is a gate, open it (and then close it after yourself) and drive all the way to the top of the hill. Then you need to hike up the hill to the tombs on rather steep unmarked paths for about 30 minutes. If you are doing it alone, you might not be able to find the tombs. I did a tour with Auriel of Seatrails, and really enjojyed it. We were there on a summer solstice day and were lucky enough to see the ray of sun when we were in the tomb. It was a pretty unique expreience.
  • August 16, 2016
    Local people call this 'Little Tibet', and it is an unexpected scenery change in the area. Heather covered limestone moorland mainly with cairn remains from A to P, so 16 of them, plus other ancient and ice age relics. 3 of the ancient stone cairns can be entered, B, G and K. A small person could explore O, but very few visitors explore that one. On a clear day up to 18 counties of Ireland can be viewed from the highest point.
  • April 18, 2017
    Couldn't actually find the place. Drove all over someone's farm, following the signs, but never saw the passage tombs here. =(
  • October 28, 2016
    The location is probably why much of the megalithic complex remains unspoilt. Access to the site is by a fairly robust climb, so be prepared! Once there, however, the whole site is breathtaking. The monuments themselves are awe-inspiring, some with intact 'light boxes' that are used to align with the solstice sun. The views too are genuinely phenomenal. The site is of especial importance to Irish archaeology and myth (see below): Carrowkeel is a Neolithic passage tomb cemetery it’s name: An Cheathrú Chaol means 'the Narrow Quarter'. C14 dating places the tombs at between 5400 and 5100 years old (3400 to 3100 BC), so that they predate the Pyramids on Egypt's Giza plateau by 500-800 years. An Cheathrú Chaol is one of the big four passage tomb cemeteries in Ireland, set on high ground above Lough Arrow, and the tombs seem to be oriented towards the area of Cuil Irra, Knocknarea and Carrowmore. There are fourteen passage tombs in Carrowkeel. Some can be entered by crawling through a narrow passage. Six more passage tombs are located close by in the Keshcorran complex. A particular type of crude pottery found in passage tombs has been titled Carrowkeel Ware, having first been recorded in the Carrowkeel Monuments. Close to Lough Arrow and just north of Carrowkeel is another, apparently related, giant passage tomb, Heapstown Cairn. This is part of the legendary Moytura, site of battles between the Tuatha Dé Danann, the ancient gods of Ireland, and the demonic Fomorians. The mountain range containing Carrowkeel is called the Bricklieve Mountains (Breac Sliabh), meaning ‘the speckled mountains’ a possible reference to their appearance when more quartz rock survived on the outside of the cairns, causing them to sparkle in the sun. One can only imagine how these would have looked when first constructed....maybe white (like Newgrange) a beacon for miles around.
  • August 2, 2015
    Inspiring place. You can stand inside 5,000 year old tombs that are mostly intact.

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The town of Sligo boasts a number of lovely accommodations, including hostels and guesthouses, while the landscape surrounding the town is dotted with hotels catering to a range of budgets. If you want to surf away your holiday or explore the setting that inspired Yeats, stay in a bed and breakfast in Sligo town along Old Dublin Road. If you prefer to stay in a more natural setting, explore options in the surrounding countryside. In either case, you will be able to access the alluring coast and the town's historical monuments easily.
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