The Carrowmore Dolmen in County Sligo is one of the major megalithic sites in Ireland, along with the Poulnabrone Dolmen (Co. de Clare), and the Brownshill Dolmen (Co. Carlow). Located on the Coolrea Peninsula in County Sligo, the Carrowmore Dolmen remains to this day one of the most complete dolmens on the island, with its stone circle still intact, and its surrounding tombs…
The dolmen of Carrowmore (Ceathrú Mór in Irish Gaelic) is, like most Irish dolmens, easily accessible and is located close to Irish roads! Impossible to miss, you will see it along the R292, rising proudly to the sky. A small farm located 2km from the dolmen serves as the Visitor Centre. You can see an exhibition on Irish megalithic sites, and if you wish, you can take a multilingual guided tour (at an additional cost).
More specifically the dolmen of Carrowmore is composed of 5 granite blocks forming a burial chamber sheltered from water and sun. This one would date from the Neolithic, although a polemic is supported by a German archaeologist (Bürenhult) who would affirm that the dolmen would be from the Mesolithic. In any case, some tombs have been dated to 3,600 B.C., thus challenging Bürenhult’s hypothesis.
Regarding the layout of the dolmen on the site, Carrowmore is facing east, towards the sunrise, and therefore enjoys maximum sunshine in the morning: we therefore advise you not to visit it before noon, in order to enjoy the dolmen from a breathtaking angle! Many dolmens have this same characteristic, and hypotheses on this geographical orientation are still numerous.
But the Carrowmore site does not stop at the mere presence of a dolmen: there are also many stone circles arranged around the main dolmen. These circles reach a circumference ranging from 12 to 15 meters, and are all tombs (There are about thirty tombs around Carrowmore to date)
every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes