Visits For March, 2010

Wednesday, 17th March 2010

A Day In The Burren - Enough Said?

Many of you will know Marianne through her posts in my guestbook and more recently her posts in the megalithomania.com forums. Today I had the pleasure of being treated to a tour of a lot of monuments and was able to share her enthusiasm and passion for The Burren. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for me!

We started off revisiting an old favourite of mine - Templecronan (County Clare) - a beautiful early church tucked away in a small dell hidden from sight. We then went to the nearby well.

From there it was time for some tombs. Templecronan is not far from the tombs at Rannagh East & West. We went to what we thought was Rannagh East wedge tomb (actually it's in Termon townland), but decided to move on from there as Rannagh West could have taken a while to relocate in the thick hazel scrub.

The next group of sites was the incredible complex at Fanygalvan: two wedge tombs, a stone row, a cairn or two, hut circles and a chambered cairn with a tiny exposed cist. On the way up to this hilltop complex we found what may be a new boulder burial! From there we walked to a nearby cashel.

By now it was time for a late lunch. I'd already drank half of Marianne's coffee! We decided to head for Templeline, a lovely ruined church that would have been similar to Templecronan in its day: hidden away, but not quite so secretively.

Time for more tombs. Next was the diminutive wedge tomb at Coolnatullagh. Before we moved on to our final tombs we stopped at Tobar Fachtnan, one of the most unusual holy wells I've ever been to, which is surrounded by penitentiary cairns.

Now, how does this sound? It has been a very long day, so you decide to walk for over a mile across Burren limestone pavements? I don't know who's crazier, me or Marianne: she knew what was in store for her! However, I'm very grateful to her for doing so, because Eantymore wedge tomb is a sweet, yet quite ruined one. On the way we saw a souterrain. Unfortunately, I had left my GPS in her car, so I don't have exact coordinates for these.

We finished off at Poulaphuca (County Clare), a site I visited in 2002. Here we managed to find the nearby cist and spotted another small cairn a bit further away.

What an amazing day. I can't repeat enough what a pleasure it was! Thanks!

Templecronan - Termon (Co. Clare)Church9 New Images
Termon (Co. Clare)Holy Well3 New Images
Termon (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb9 New Images
Fanygalvan (Co. Clare)Boulder Burial3 New Images
Fanygalvan (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb14 New Images
Cahermackirilla (Co. Clare)Stone Row or Alignment3 New Images
Cahermackirilla (Co. Clare)Hut Circle2 New Images
Cahermackirilla (Co. Clare)Cairn5 New Images
Fanygalvan (Co. Clare)Chambered Cairn3 New Images
Cahermackirilla (Co. Clare)Stone Fort5 New Images
Templeline - Ballyline (Co. Clare)Church3 New Images
Coolnatullagh (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb7 New Images
Eanty More (Co. Clare)Souterrain4 New Images
Eanty More (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb6 New Images
Poulaphuca (Co. Clare)Wedge Tomb5 New Images
Poulaphuca (Co. Clare)Chambered Cairn4 New Images
Tober na Fiachtnan - Termon (Co. Clare)Holy Well4 New Images
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