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Hiking to the Carrowkeel Tombs

As we headed south into Ireland from Northern Ireland, we stopped at the Carrowkeel Passage Tombs as the middle point of our road trip. We had intended to do a quick stretch of our legs before moving on. When we arrived, we realized the 3 mile out and back hike to the hilltop Neolithic cemetery would take longer than 20 minutes.

Carrowkeel tombs, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs
To get to the Carrowkeel Passage Tombs, visitors have to hike across and around several hills…

Grazing sheep along the trail to Carrowkeel tombs, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs
…and dodge many surprises left by the sheep. The surprises are impossible to miss.

Trail to Carrowkeel tombs, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs
The first 1.2km / .75 miles of the trail is flat before the elevation gently begins to rise.

Sheep along the trail to Carrowkeel tombs, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs

Carrowkeel tombs, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs
In total, there are 14 passages tombs however only several can be accessed inside through a small passageway.

Inside of Carrowkeel tombs, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs

Entryway to Carrowkeel tombs, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs
Carrowkeel tombs, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs
The Carrowkeel Passage Tombs are older than the Pyramids of Giza. They have been dated back to 3400 to 3100 BC.

Carrowkeel tombs, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs

Carrowkeel tombs, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs
Crawling inside the Carrowkeel tombs, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs
Interior of Carrowkeel tombs, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs
When the Carrowkeel Passage Tombs were first excavated in 1911, cremated human bone, beads from a necklace and shards of pottery were found within.

A collapsed Carrowkeel tomb, a Neolithic cemetery in the south of County Sligo, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/carrowkeel-tombs
A collapsed cairn. The original excavator, R.A.S. Macalister, wrongly used dynamite to open several of the cairns. Visitors are encouraged not to walk over the cairns.

Carrowkeel Tombs Overview

  • Coordinates:54.059036, -8.394502 (parking area)
  • Fees: FREE
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Usage: Light
  • Length: 3 Miles Out & Back
  • Pets allowed: Yes
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