Carrowkeel is of our favourite places to visit in Ireland without a doubt. Carrowkeel is a complex of megalithic tombs in a beautiful location up on the Bricklieve Mountains in Sligo, Ireland.
Take a twenty minute walk up the hill from the car park,
enjoy the views from up here all around where you can see Lough Arrow and Lough
Key. The highest point is at some 320 metres and from here, you have a view of
five counties all around the Bricklieves. Of all the places to visit in Ireland- one of the most stunning for sure.
Then, marvel at the passage tombs which are accessible for
free. An original piece of Ireland’s heritage left in the landscape and
accessible to anyone for free-what a gift. Simply amazing. As well as 14 hilltop
cairns, you will also be able to make out the Irish stone age village on the
plateau below. Most likely, this was where the builders of the cairns resided.
One of the best places to visit in Ireland- Carrowkeel passage graves
Carrowkeel is more than 5,000 years old, older than Newgrange, and of the same tradition. They are among the very best stone age remains in Europe. These cairns containing the
tombs are some of the oldest buildings on earth, a memorial of Neolithic Ireland. They were built by
some of the first farmers who were worshipping Mother Earth. From Carrowkeel,
you can see as far as Carrowmore,
another, related megalithic site just outside Sligo town.
Find out more facts about Carrowkeel here.
Read about the sister sites at Carrowmore and Newgrange.
Read about neolithic Ireland, part 1 and part 2.
If you are travelling from Galway, plan a two hour drive;
from Dublin a three hour drive, and from Westport the journey will take two
hours, from Sligo no more than 30 minutes.
The best way to get to Carrowkeel is from the main Boyle- Sligo road.
Turn off at Castlebaldwin which is a 16 mile or twenty minute drive from Sligo town.
Follow the signs for Carrowkeel. Continue past the first farm gate you come to. Park at the small car park shortly after, and
walk up the hill from there following the path. The walk is easy enough and will
take about twenty minutes.
The good news is that visiting Carrowkeel is free. You can
go anytime you want, although you should keep in mind that the mountain roads
will be pretty much inaccessible if there is any snow or ice. A fair weather
day is best of course in order to get the best out of the views all around.
Wear good walking shoes, and breathable raingear with an
option to ‘peel off’ layers should the sun come out. A rucksack is a good idea,
and a picnic inside the rucksack is an even better one.
your kids if you have kids, or any kids you know, nieces, nephews and so on.
Tell them about neolithic Ireland. They will remember this trip for a lifetime.
your excursion with kids with a visit to Eagles
Flying which is located nearby about a half an hour from here. The two
experiences together will combine to a long day of fun for the whole family.
Visit Carrowmore on the same day to get an idea
of just how impressive prehistoric Ireland was.
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