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Carrowkeel Cairn H Passage Tomb
 

County

Sligo

Coordinates

N 54° 03' 19.68"   W 008° 22' 40.62"

Nearest town

Castlebaldwin

Grid Ref.

G 75253 11879

Map No.

25

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

310

Date of visit

Friday 26 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Approaching Cairn H from the north.


This is one of the most amazing places we have ever seen in Ireland. It's a neolithic cemetery atop Carrowkeel Mountain. From up here there's a fantastic view over the surrounding counties. No vehicles are allowed at the site, from the last allowed spot for cars the walk is not less than 20 minutes long, and it's difficult to remember that there's a civilized world down there.
There are 14 cairns on the top of Carrowkeel and Keshcorran Mountains, along with a dolmen and a kist.
The site was discovered by the Irish naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger in 1897. He returned at the site in 1911 with Robert Alexander Stewart Macalister to excavate the monuments, which had been untouched for about 6,000 years and still have an intact look.

Cairn H is the second tomb along the trail from the car park to the top of Carrowkeel, and it's about 75 metres south of Cairn G. Its conditions are less attractive, the roof is partially collapsed and the passage is low and narrow, making the exploration of the interior very difficult if not impossible. The two jambs at the entrance are leaning to the left as a probable consequence of the collapse.
It has a diameter of about 30 metres with a lintelled entrance at the northwest (300°) which is 1.28 metres high. Many of the kerb stones are visible among the other smaller cairn stones.

We came here for the first time on May 8th, 2002.


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