Portal Tomb

Although only a few kilometres north of Newcastle, County Down, the dolmen at Wateresk stands in a beautiful location. The Mourne mountains provide a gorgeous backdrop to the site when viewed from the north. One of the main features of this dolmen is the largest of the support stones which is wonderfully sculptured to hold the capstone, almost as if in the palm of a hand This concavity is known as a shoulder , a distinctive feature of some of the County Down megaliths.

Also known as the Slidderyford Dolmen, the tomb stands in a field about 50 metres from the road. You can clearly see the sculptured stone in the image below. This is one site I will revisit and if you are in the area then I suggest you visit this rather unusual but charming portal tomb.

Situated:Take the A2 north from Newcastle, County Down, after approx 3 kilometres you will see a small car park to your left, take the left turn immediately after the car park and cross Slidderyford Bridge, the tomb is in a field to your left, about 100 metres past the bridge.

Discovery Map 36: J 3929 3441. Last visit Feb 2005.

Longitude: 5° 51' 47" W

Latitude: 54° 14' 22" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

Showing the sculptured stone

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