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 and there also on the left stood this fine example of a portal tomb.

 

Photos: Jim Dempsey.

Situated: From Milford take the R246 north to Carrowkeel (Kerrykeel). Take a right onto the R247. Take the second right turn at the crossroads and drive for almost 2 kilometres. There is a track to a farm on your right and after that a track leads up to a gate on your left. Park here and walk up the track and through the gate. Go through the next gate on your right and keep following the 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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