Visits For May, 2009

Sunday, 31st May 2009

Achill Island and Mayo - Part 2 of 3

If you look at the OS map covering Achill Island (sheet 30) you will see a megalithic tomb marked on the very north side of the island. You will also see that no roads go anywhere near it and that the only way to it is over a mountain. Guess where I wanted to go today!

First, however, I had some other monuments to look for. Two of these took me to Keem Beach at the extreme west of the island. What a beautiful, beautiful little cove. The drive to it is a bit hairy, mind, but the end of your journey is worth the effort. Up above the beach is the coastguard station and there are several monuments marked in the valley behind this. Sadly, many of them are gone. Only pieces of a mass rock remain now: at least one standing stone has been destroyed here.

To reach the tomb beyond the mountain I chose to walk from Lough Acorrymore, a glacial lake (a corry) that would drop easily into Snowdonia in Wales. This was the second beautiful spot I spent some time at today.

After talking to some people at the lough I left my GPS on the roof of my car and set off on my 5km walk. Yes, I really did leave my GPS on the roof of my car. Credit has to go to all the people who visited the lough while I was walking, and it's a busy place, because the GPS was still there when I returned! The heat of the sun was overpowering and the 2L of drink I had with me wasn't really enough for this tough walk.

Once over the other side of the hill I was at Lough Nakeeroge - the third beautiful place I spent some time today. This lough is located just yards from the coast and will one day disappear as the sea erodes the thin slither of rock that keeps the lough back.

As well as the portal tomb I wanted to visit I found a wedge tomb, a possible stone circle and a group of clochans - presumably an old booleying settlement as the land here is lush and fertile.

Keem (Co. Mayo)Cross4 New Images
Slievemore (Co. Mayo)Wedge Tomb11 New Images
Slievemore (Co. Mayo)Portal Tomb8 New Images
Slievemore (Co. Mayo)Stone Circle3 New Images
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