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Cavan Burren Park - Burren Southwest Portal Tomb
 

County

Cavan

Coordinates

N 54° 15' 34.62"   W 007° 53' 21.48"

Nearest town

Blacklion

Grid Ref.

H 07212 34590

Map No.

26

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

260

Date of visit

Thursday 28 May 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

5
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The wedge tomb as it looks like when you approach it. The vegetation grown on the capstone gives the impression the tomb is hairy.


We saw the sign to the Cavan Burren Forest Park and we followed the sign to see what was up there. High on a hill there's a Coniferae forest and an informative sign that tells you everything there's to see in the area. In the forest a dozen of megalithic monuments can be found, but unfortunately we were following a tight timetable and only had time for one of them. We walked under the pine trees for about 250 metres. The portal tomb is on a low mound in a clearing large enough to let the sun filter and shine on the tomb, but not large enough to allow the GPS receiver to see a sufficient number of satellites to calculate an accurate reading.
The tomb is 1.10 metres tall, 2.10 metres wide and about 3 metres long. The entrance faces west-northwest (285°). Most of the cairn is still present but the ground is full of pitfalls and it's easy to fall in a hollow hidden in the moss.
All around the portal tomb live thousands of hungry midges!

UPDATE: June 6th, 2019 - We were in the Cavan Park again to see the other monuments, and decided to visit this tomb again and took new photographs and more accurate GPS readings.

The first five photos in this page are from the visit in 2009, the remaining photos are from this visit.


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