Visits For April, 2009

Sunday, 5th April 2009

No Hangover, So I Can Visit Some Sites In Mayo

I'd spent the night in a Sligo hotel after a get together with the crowd I'd visited Malta with in February. I was careful not to indulge too much as I'd made plans to visit Achill Island for the day. Although I had not taken too much alcohol I hadn't managed to retire early, so I decided that I was too tired for such a long drive. North Mayo was the simpler option.

I had made a list of sites that I'd either half-visited or had never managed to visit and set off. On my list were two ruined portal tombs and a selection of court tombs. One of these court tombs is one of only two or three with its layout and another of them is buried in a peat bog. I didn't hold out much hope of finding the latter, as these are very difficult to find. However, I did find it!

While I was looking to find one site a farmer told me of Polladarky , a natural wonder that I just had to go and see for myself (it can be seen on OS map 23 at G 068 410). This is a large 'pot' some 40m deep and at least 75m across into which the sea rushes through a small archway. Obviously, this was at one time a cave whose roof fell in. To stand near to the (but not too near) and watch the sea churn through the opening is a sight I'll not forget. This has to be one of Ireland's best kept natural secrets!

Ballybeg (Co. Mayo)Court Tomb8 New Images
Carn (Co. Mayo)Cairn8 New Images
Ballyglass (Co. Mayo)Court Tomb5 New Images
Sralaghagh (Co. Mayo)Court Tomb9 New Images
Ballyknock (west) (Co. Mayo)Portal Tomb4 New Images
Ballyknock (east) (Co. Mayo)Portal Tomb3 New Images
Muingelly (Co. Mayo)Court Tomb4 New Images
Muingelly (Co. Mayo)Standing Stone3 New Images
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