The megalithic complex at Wardhouse in County Leitrim. The monuments are close toa famous ancient boundry between Ulster and Connaught: the river Drowse which marks the modern border with County Donegal.

Wardhouse

Not far to the south is another interesting complex of monuments known as Wardhouse. The remains of a possible four megalithis chambers, standing stones, and possibly a barrow are found in a field overlooking the sea. The land is privately owned, and visiting the monuments is not encouraged: many Irish landowners still fear being sued, should an accident befall a megalith hunter. The megaliths consist of a ruined court cairn, two wedges, and a monument of uncertain type. It is not unusual to find different types of megaliths clustered so closely toghther.

One of the ruined monuments at Wardhouse, looking north across Donegal Bay to the Great Gap at Barnas Mor.

This is an area that has suffered badly under the Celtic Tiger era.Closeby are seven or eight slabs, the remains of a wedge cairn. The property around these ancient megaliths has all been developed, and now the monuments are surrounded by an estate of ugly and often unfinished holiday homes.

During such frenzied building booms, large chunks of the past get trampled and lost. Several standing stones have disappeared under the houses, the wonderful views shown by Wakeman are now dreary unfinished housing complexes.

The megaliths at Wardhouse, left and Magheracar, right. The river Drowse marks the County border. Map from the OSI website.

Not far to the south is another interesting complex of monuments known as Wardhouse. The remains of a possible four megalithis chambers, standing stones, and possibly a barrow are found in a field overlooking the sea. The land is privately owned, and visiting the monuments is not encouraged: many Irish landowners still fear being sued, should an accident befall a megalith hunter. The megaliths consist of a ruined court cairn, two wedges, and a monument of uncertain type. It is not unusual to find different types of megaliths clustered so closely toghther.


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wedge-shaped chambers
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Megalithic art

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Looking into the ruined doorway of the court cairn at Wardhouse. Beyond in the next field, the roof slab of a wedge monument can be seen. Other monuments lie in the nearby fields, which run down to the sea.