Visits For August, 2010

Sunday, 1st August 2010

A Week In Donegal - Day 7 - One Stop On The Way Home

After packing up the tent and taking it easy we set off home with just one site on our to see list - the triple wedge tomb to the north of Dunkinelly. The site is signposted Wedge Tombs from the village, but the final bit is not marked, so you have to look out for the parking spot and then just follow the track up the hill. Take care, because the track is slippery in places and had large gorse bushes nearly blocking part of it.

The short climb is truly worth the effort, though. Three wedge tombs side-by-side is something you don't see everyday!

Casheltown (Co. Donegal)Wedge Tomb18 New Images

Saturday, 21st August 2010

Rough Camping In Mayo - Day 1 - A Mixed Collection

Myself and Tatjana headed for Mayo to see some megaliths - I think someone's trying to tell me that I should get on with my next book - Monu-Mental About Prehistoric Mayo. She suggested that we camp rough at a very nice spot she knew - a place I had to promise not to divulge. It is a wonderful location and we were able to watch seals and seabirds fishing just metres from our tents.

We started off by visiting some of my favourites that Tatjana had not been to and a friary that I had always wanted to visit, because of the carving of a round tower on one of its pillars. We went to Carrowleagh (County Mayo) first and then onto the friary, followed by the ogham stone and wedge tomb at Breastagh (see Breastagh (County Mayo) and Breastagh (County Mayo) respectively). Then Tatjana showed me the most incredibly obvious barrow, which surprisingly no one had noticed until she discovered it a couple of years ago (I spotted another potentially new one close by, too.)

Then we started to head towards the camping spot via Rathlackan (County Mayo) and some barrows on Downpatrick Head, near to Ceide Fields (County Mayo). We got caught in the rain here and nearly went home, but decided that the camping spot was far enough away that the weather might improve. It did improve and we had a pleasant evening drinking wine and chatting.

Carrowleagh (Co. Mayo)Court Tomb1 New Image
Rosserk Friary - Abbeytown (Co. Mayo)Monastic Settlement21 New Images
Bartragh Island (Co. Mayo)Barrow3 New Images
Rathfranpark (Co. Mayo)Wedge Tomb4 New Images
Breastagh (Co. Mayo)Ogham Stone6 New Images
Rathlackan (Co. Mayo)Court Tomb8 New Images
Downpatrick Head I (Co. Mayo)Barrow2 New Images
Downpatrick Head II (Co. Mayo)Barrow4 New Images

Sunday, 22nd August 2010

Rough Camping In Mayo - Day 2 - And A Bit Of Sligo, too

We woke up to a glorious morning after camping by a beautiful beach. After eating and making sure we had left no rubbish lying around we decided to head back towards Sligo and see some monuments on the way. We went to see Carrowkilleen (County Mayo) first - how could I resist taking Tatjana to see three court tombs in one spot? Sadly this monument has become very, very overgrown.

After that we drove around near Aughris Head in Sligo and Tatjana pointed out some amazing mounds and barrows that I will visit in the New Year. We then went to the portal tomb at Ardabrone (County Sligo) and spoke to the farmer who told us a very interesting bit of folklore about the site.

Carrowkilleen (Co. Mayo)Court TombAwaiting New Images
Ardabrone (Co. Sligo)Portal TombAwaiting New Images
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