The megalithic circles of Carrowmore are located in the heart of the Coolrea peninsula 2.5km southwest of Sligo town. These monuments are placed in one of the greatest megalithic landscapes of ancient Europe. In this beautiful coastal region you can visit the one of the great heartlands of neolithic megalithic remains in Western Europe.
The Carrowmore megaliths are situated on a low plateau at the heart of the peninsula, the central point of a well-preserved megalithic landscape with fantastic views of the wider complex. The area is bounded by water on three sides: Ballisodare Bay to the south, the Atlantic ocean to the west and Sligo Bay to the north. To the east, beyond Cairns Hill is Lough Gill.
The stunning cairn topped mountain of Knocknarea is 4 km to the west, while the smaller but equally important Cairns Hill is the same distance to the east. There are more mountain-top cairns on the peaks of the Ox Mountains to the south including the Cailleach's House, a neolithic monument with an open chamber.
It was thought by earlier researchers that there may have been up to 100 circles at Carrowmore, and the remains of at least 65 structures were recorded in 1837. However, several of them were not from the megalithic era, and today twenty-seven monuments, in varying states of preservation, remain of a probable forty or so. The sites were extensively damaged during the years before the Great Famine, due to land clearance and gravel quarrying.