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Carrowkeel Cairn L Passage Tomb
 

County

Sligo

Coordinates

N 54° 03' 14.76"   W 008° 22' 39.84"

Nearest town

Castlebaldwin

Grid Ref.

G 75266 11727

Map No.

25

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

326

Date of visit

Friday 26 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Approaching Cairn L from the northeast.


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 L is the fifth tomb along the trail from the car park to the top of Carrowkeel, and it's about 30 metres southwest (225°) of Cairn K.
At 326 metres above sea level this cairn is on the highest point of Carrowkeel Mountain.
This is the only unexcavated cairn of the complex, its condition aren't great and it's partially covered by the bog. The north side has collapsed. This was likely the entrance passage side and this could mean that the flagstones used to roof the passage have cracked and the entrance caved in.


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