Saints and Stones: Heapstown Cairn
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It is claimed that the Heapstown Cairn, at almost 200 feet in diameter and almost 20 feet tall, is the largest cairn in Ireland outside of the Boyne Valley in County Meath. Originally much larger, many of its stones were removed to build roads and walls in the past. It is surrounded by a kerb of mostly large limestone slabs.

Heapstown Cairn has not been excavated, but it is thought that it is most likely a passage tomb, and, quite possibly, an extension of the nearby Carrowkeel Megalithic Cemetery.


About the Heapstown Cairn

Megalithic Ireland: Heapstown Cairn
Irish Antiquities: Heapstown Cairn
Megalithic Portal: Heapstown Cairn
Modern Antiquarian: Heapstown

Journey to the Heapstown Cairn

The Heapstown Cairn is located between Sligo and Boyle on a minor road off the N4 at Castlebaldwin in County Sligo, Ireland.

Ordnance Survey Map (G772162)

Visitors Information

Visitors information for the Heapstown area may be found at the geograph.ie website. General tourism information may be found at the Sligo Tourism website.

Additional Photos of the Heapstown Cairn

Road Sign for Heapstown Cairn
Heapstown Crossroads Sign Near Heapstown Cairn
Heapstown Cairn
Heapstown Cairn


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