Saints and Stones: Carrowmore (Ceathru Mor)

Carrowmore is the site of a prehistoric ritual landscape dated to between 4300 and 3500 B.C. on the Knocknarea Peninsula in County Sligo. It is the largest and one of the four major passage tomb cemeteries in Ireland and is spread out over 1.5 square mile area.

While less than 30 monuments remain today, in varying states of preservation, the remains of at least 65 are known. At one time, there may have been up to 100 monuments at Carrowmore. The tombs in their original state were almost universally "dolmen circles," that is small dolmens with boulder circles around them that, at first glance, appear to be stone circles vut that are, in fact, the kerbing stones of cairns which have disappeared.

The tombs are known by numbers assigned to them by George Petrie in 1837.

About Carrowmore (Ceathru Mor)

Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore (Main Page)
Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore 51 (Listoghil)
Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore 54
Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore 55
Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore 48
Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore 57
Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore 52
Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore 52a
Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore 1
Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore 2
Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore 4
Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore 5
Megalithic Portal: Carrowmore 7
Megalithomania: Carrowmore
Megalithic Ireland: Carrowmore Complex
Irish Antiquities: Carrowmore Passage Tomb Cemetery
Stone Pages: Carrowmore
Wikipedia: Carrowmore

Journey to Carrowmore (Ceathru Mor)

The Carrowmore Passage Tomb Cemetery is located two miles southwest of Sligo Town in County Sligo, Ireland. Approaching from Sligo Town, cross the Hughes Bridge, and at the 5th set of traffic lights after the bridge turn right onto Church Hill. After 1-1/2 miles take a left fork, signed Carrowmore. The Visitor Center is on the left less than a mile further. Most of the tombs can be accessed from Visitors Center. Guided tours available. One visitor states that the best way to visit this site is to go to the visitor center first and see the tombs on that side of the road (Sites 48-59) and then visit the tombs under state ownership on the other side of the road (Sites 1-7) and finally visit the tombs in the surrounding fields.

Map Reference: G6621633706

Visitors Information

Visitors information for Carrowmore may be found at The Sacred Island website. General tourist information may be found at this website and at the Sligo Tourism website.

Additional Photos of Carrowmore (Ceathru Mor)

Road Sign for Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Site Sign for Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Tomb 54, Carrowmore
Tomb 55, Carrowmore
Tomb 52A, Carrowmore
Tomb 52, Carrowmore
Tomb 51 (Listoghil), Carrowmore
Knocknarea and Queen Maeve's Cairn from Tomb 51, Carrowmore
Ben Bulben from Tomb 51, Carrowmore
Kerb Stones Around Tomb 51, Carrowmore
Entrance to Tomb 51 (Listoghil), Carrowmore (
Dolmen Inside Tomb 51, Carrowmore
Interior of Dolmen Inside Tomb 51, Carrowmore
Rear View of Dolmen Inside Tomb 51, Carrowmore
Tomb 48, Carrowmore
Tomb 57, Carrowmore
Two Tombs, Carrowmore
Tomb 51 Viewed from Tomb 57, Carrowmore
Tomb 1, Carrowmore
Tomb 2, Carrowmore
Tomb 4, the Oldest Tomb at Carrowmore
Tomb 5, Carrowmore
Tomb 5 (foreground) and Tomb 4, Carrowmore
Tomb 7, Carrowmore
Another View of Tomb 7, Carrowmore
Another View of Tomb 7, Carrowmore
Interior of Tomb 7, Carrowmore
Knocknarea and Queen Maeve's Cairn from Tomb 7, Carrowmore

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