After my last trip to see some stone circles for the first time in a while, I decided to head west to Clare to see some tombs. I started in the south near to O'Brien's Bridge and ended up with a lovely, ankle-breaking walk in the Burren. I managed to get to Cappaghkennedy after being inspired by messages on my contact page and similarly inspired went and hunted out Parknabinnia court tomb - which I was beginning to think was mythical!
Before I go into the details of my day out I have a few things to mention. Firstly, I have recently started to use some free contour maps of Ireland on my GPS. After following instructions I managed to get them working with the Garmin maps, but with a few issues. When I have these ironed out I'll give out a link. Secondly, Monu-Mental About Prehistoric Antrim has no gone to print. I'll post an update as soon as I know when it will be available.
Back to my day. I got tantalizingly close to the first two lovely wedge tombs I went to see. The first sits on a hill summit behind a farm with many dogs and there was no one in when I arrived there. The second is located in a paddock next to a nicely renovated farm complex. The owners here were also out. I'll have to go back to both of these sites, because they look amazing.
Then I headed to the Burren to make the epic pilgrimage to Cappaghkennedy, a wonderful Burren wedge tomb that is very isolated. I chose one of the longest approaches to reach it. This involved a 2 mile walk across typical Burren limestone pavements, some of which are grass covered. These bits can be the most difficult, because you stop concentrating. Good boots are a must!!! After the tomb and cairns at Cappaghkennedy I headed for Parknabinnia, where I've already seen a handful of tombs. This time I was after the court tomb - one of only two in Clare. I can understand why the writer in my guestbook was so pleased to have found this: it's quite special. Thanks to them for the inspiration to get back over to the Burren.
|Cloonyconry More (Co. Clare)||Wedge Tomb||2 New Images|
|Ballyhickey (Co. Clare)||Wedge Tomb||1 New Image|
|Cappaghkennedy (Co. Clare)||Cairn||4 New Images|
|Cappaghkennedy (Co. Clare)||Cairn||3 New Images|
|Cappaghkennedy (Co. Clare)||Wedge Tomb||10 New Images|
|Cappaghkennedy (Co. Clare)||Cairn||1 New Image|
|Parknabinnia (Co. Clare)||Court Tomb||16 New Images|
|Killinaboy (Co. Clare)||Sheela-na-Gig||2 New Images|
|Killinaboy (Co. Clare)||Round Tower||1 New Image|
|Parknabinnia (Co. Clare)||Wedge Tomb||6 New Images|