Kilclooney More

Portal Tombs

I was so delghted to get a chance to revisit this Portal Tomb at Kilclooney More. On my first visit the rain came down as I walked up the track to the tomb, but today it was simply beautiful. At Kilclooney More there are a number of megalithic sites, including three portal tombs and the remains of a court tomb. This is the better known and larger of the portal tombs and has a capstone some 6 metres long and as with most portal tombs seems to change form as you move around it. I have tried to show this in the images I have chosen for this page.

Not more than 5 metres from this dolmen is a much smaller partially collapsed portal tomb pictured bottom. It is believed a single cairn may have completely covered the two tombs. Excavations at Kilclooney unearthed fragments of Neolithic pottery. I would strongly recommend a visit to this megalithic site for the atmosphere alone, Kilclooney More is without doubt one of my favorite sites. About half a mile west of here is a Court tomb in fairly good condition. Other sites in this area include Doon Fort and Inishkeel.

 

 

The small Portal Tomb

Situated: Six kilometres North of Ardara, County Donegal. From Ardara take the R261 North to Kilclooney, facing the new Dolmen Centre in Kilclooney is a church, take the small track to the left of the church, this track takes you up to two houses, the first house on your left belongs to landowner Tony Mcnelis, please ask for permission to visit the dolmen, you will also pass through a gate please make sure this gate remains closed.

Google Map.

Discovery Map 10: G 7212 9672. Last visit April 2010.

Longitude: 8° 26' 1" W

Latitude: 54° 49' 3" N

Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

 

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