Visits For August, 2010

Saturday, 21st August 2010

Rough Camping In Mayo - Day 1 - A Mixed Collection

Myself and Tatjana headed for Mayo to see some megaliths - I think someone's trying to tell me that I should get on with my next book - Monu-Mental About Prehistoric Mayo. She suggested that we camp rough at a very nice spot she knew - a place I had to promise not to divulge. It is a wonderful location and we were able to watch seals and seabirds fishing just metres from our tents.

We started off by visiting some of my favourites that Tatjana had not been to and a friary that I had always wanted to visit, because of the carving of a round tower on one of its pillars. We went to Carrowleagh (County Mayo) first and then onto the friary, followed by the ogham stone and wedge tomb at Breastagh (see Breastagh (County Mayo) and Breastagh (County Mayo) respectively). Then Tatjana showed me the most incredibly obvious barrow, which surprisingly no one had noticed until she discovered it a couple of years ago (I spotted another potentially new one close by, too.)

Then we started to head towards the camping spot via Rathlackan (County Mayo) and some barrows on Downpatrick Head, near to Ceide Fields (County Mayo). We got caught in the rain here and nearly went home, but decided that the camping spot was far enough away that the weather might improve. It did improve and we had a pleasant evening drinking wine and chatting.

Carrowleagh (Co. Mayo)Court Tomb1 New Image
Rosserk Friary - Abbeytown (Co. Mayo)Monastic Settlement21 New Images
Bartragh Island (Co. Mayo)Barrow3 New Images
Rathfranpark (Co. Mayo)Wedge Tomb4 New Images
Breastagh (Co. Mayo)Ogham Stone6 New Images
Rathlackan (Co. Mayo)Court Tomb8 New Images
Downpatrick Head I (Co. Mayo)Barrow2 New Images
Downpatrick Head II (Co. Mayo)Barrow4 New Images
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