The biggest and most imposing dolmen in all of Europe! The Brownshill Dolmen is located more precisely in County Carlow, just 3 km from the town of the same name. Imposing and wonderfully preserved, it stands in all its beauty not far from the N726 (Hacketstown Road), in a typically Irish grassy landscape. Its visit is also possible: you can see it from the road, and the dolmen is itself open to visitors: here is what you need to know not to miss a thing!
According to archaeological studies, the Brownshill dolmen dates from 3300 or 2900 BC. You will be struck by its very imposing volume: the dolmen is indeed made up of 5 enormous blocks of granite stones, including the table (the top) which would be a gigantic block reaching more than 100 tons! This incredible figure raises many questions about the processes used to hoist the stone at the top of the other 4. So far, theories are still fluctuating…
Due to its massive structure, the Brownshill dolmen has therefore been classified as the largest dolmen ever known in all of Europe.
Anyway, the dolmen has some similarities with the other dolmens identified in Ireland and elsewhere. Its structure faces east, and therefore enjoys maximum sunshine from sunrise.
In addition to this characteristic, the dolmen would have served at the time as a funeral portal: the cavity protected by the granite blocks hosted the bones of the deceased, sometimes cremated, sometimes left as is…
Address: follow the Pollerton road, go straight over the roundabout and follow the N726 (the Hacketstown Road). The dolmen is then signposted, and is located nearby, in a green field!
Location: Carlow (County Carlow)
GPS : 52.837337,-6.881004
free*indicative price may vary according to the season and the policy of the establishment.
Duration: 20 minutes