MEGALITHIC TOMBS IN CO. SLIGO, IRELAND
County Sligo is home to the greatest concentration of Stone Age structures in Western Europe. There are fascinating examples of most of the main types of monuments from the Neolithic (Middle Stone Age 4,000 - 5,000 years old) including Court Cairns, Passage Graves, Portal Dolmens, Wedge-shaped Tombs & Hill Forts. What makes these sites all the more amazing is that they are set in the beautiful countryside of County Sligo. The tombs are often found with stunning mountain top views of Sligo and our neighbours Roscommon, Mayo, Leitrim and Donegal. Even better, these sites are largely untouched and unspoilt by mass tourism and the scourge of unsympathetic visitor centers. At Coopershill we can provide you with information and maps and pack you off with a delicious picnic to track down your 5,000 year old ancestors!
Neolithic passage tomb cemetery in the south of Co. Sligo, near Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Carrowmore, County Sligo is one of the four major passage tomb complexes in Ireland. It is located at the geographical centre of the Cúil Irra peninsula in Co. Sligo and 3 km west of Sligo town.
On the summit of Knocknarea is a large cairn about 55 metres (180 ft) wide and 10 metres (33 ft) high, making it the largest such cairn in Ireland outside the Brú na Bóinne complex in Meath. Although it remains unexcavated, and is one of the biggest of such monuments still unexplored, it has many of the features of a classic passage tomb.