Carrowkeel Cairn O

The Doonaveeragh ridge is the furthest east of the four ridges that form the Bricklieve mountains. On the top are two passage tombs. The most obvious, Cairn O, is situated on top of the northern end of the ridge. The southern end of the cairn contains a partly roofed chamber. The cairn is much larger than it appears in the images as the lower parts are grass covered. About 200 metres further south on top of the ridge is Cairn P. It may be difficult to spot as it is completely covered with grass. On a plateau below Cairn O is the earliest known neolithic village in Ireland. The remains of at least 160 circular stone foundations can be found amongst the limestone karst.

Looking from Carrowkeel ridge towards Lough Arrow

Neolithic village limestone plateau with Cairn O above

Situated: From Castlebaldwin on the N4 head west into the Bricklieve mountains, following the signs for Carrowkeel Passage Tombs. Turn left at the sign for the donkey sanctuary, then first right. Go through the gate and park at the top of the hill. A 10 minute walk along the track brings you to the old car park. Stay on the track for the village.

Discovery Map 25: G 7590 1177. Last Visit: Aug 2013.

Longitude: 8° 22' 4" W

Latitude: 54° 3' 16" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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