Tara Hill

Cairn

The cairn sitting on the summit of Tara Hill, Torrchoill in Irish, is really impressive, some of the boulders used in it's construction are huge. The cairn is almost 20 metres from N-S, but it is impossible to see the full diameter of the cairn, as most of the lower part is covered in grass and furze. Because of the surrounding pine trees, you only see the cairn after you reach the summit. I would love to see the vegetation removed from the site. A trig point sits on the top of the cairn and to the south is a modern circular enclosure built with cairn material, see bottom image. The coastal views from the track that leads to the summit are stunning.

Looking in a north easterly direction across the cairn.

Situated: From Gorey, take N11 north. Then take a right turn for Ballymoney. Stay on road until you come to V, take the left side for Tara Hill. Then ake the first left. Park at the Crab Tree at the top of road.

Discovery Map 69: T 2046 6236. Last visit Sept 2019.

Longitude: 6° 13' 4" W

Latitude: 52° 41' 57" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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