Gortnavern

Portal Tomb

We decided to try and visit the monument at Gortnavern from the west instead of the sign-posted eastern route which is now quite overgrown and also involves crossing a stream and some rather boggy land. On a previous visit I only managed to view the megalith from a distance. I just hoped the route I drew up on the map worked out. We parked the car at the entrance to a field and walked up a track through two gates and onwards up the field following a trail. I knew from images that the tomb was surrounded by gorse, after about 250 metres we came to a lot of gorse on our left. We ventured into the field on our left and there also on the left stood this fine example of a portal tomb.

This is a lovely compact looking tomb, consisting of six stones in total. The 3.6 metre long thin capstone has slipped slightly and now rests on the backstone and the eastern sidestone that has also fallen inwards slightly towards the chamber. The two metre high matching portal stones are slim but quite wide. We had very enjoyable visit and spent a lot of time here taking photographs. There are wonderful views of Carrowkeel and Mulroy bay from here. Although the gorse may hamper some of the views, I think it adds a lot to the atmosphere to the surroundings. Hopefully the gorse will be kept in check and not encroach to much on the monument.

 

Photos: Jim Dempsey.

Situated: From Milford take the R246 north to Carrowkeel (Kerrykeel). Then turn right onto the R247. Take the second right turn at the crossroads and drive down here for almost 2 kilometres. There is a track to a farm on your right and just after that a track leading up to a gate on your left. Park here and walk up the track and throught the gate. Then through the next gate on your right and keep following this trail until you come to the gorse on your left. The tomb should be situated behind the gorse.

Discovery Map 3: C 2191 3049. Last visit Apr 2010.

Longitude: 7° 39' 23" W

Latitude: 55° 7' 16" N

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