Equinox Sun setting over Knocknarea Mountain in County Sligo.

Guided Tours

This website began as a small guidebook to the mysterious neolithic chambered monuments at Carrowkeel in County Sligo; the guide book was never completed, but the website has expanded to cover various aspects of Irish archaeology, history and culture.

Sunrise at Cairn T, Loughcrew, County Meath.
Sunrise at Cairn T, Loughcrew, County Meath.

North Sligo

I spent many years living at Carrowkeel in South Sligo, close to the shores of Lough Arrow, a beautiful landscape full of Irish megalithic activity, mythology, and superb traditional Irish music. The great megalithic sites of South Sligo are Carrowkeel, Kesh Corran, Heapstown and Moytura. Carrowkeel is a great megalithic complex high on the summits of the Bricklieve Mountains. Several of the megalithic chambers are illuminated by the light of the sun and moon.

Sunset at Creevykeel.
Sunset at Creevykeel, the great megalithic monument near Cliffoney.

Megalithic Monuments

Carrowmore, close to Sligo Town, is the largest and oldest megalithic complex in Ireland. There were once sixty stone circles with central dolmen chambers, but many have been destroyed by land clearance and quarrying. These are some of the oldest monuments in Ireland. The central chamber is oriented towards the sunrises in early November and Februrary.

Irish Traditional Muisc at Creevykeel, the great megalithic monument near Cliffoney.
Irish Traditional Muisc at Creevykeel, County Sligo.
Bunduff Lake, County Sligo. Easter Sunday 2015.
Bunduff Lake, County Sligo. Easter Sunday 2015.
The Sacred Island, Cliffoney, County Sligo, Ireland.