Visits For June, 2009

Monday, 1st June 2009

Achill Island and Mayo - Part 3 of 3

Bank Holiday Monday and it's time to head home. I packed up the tent very early and set off to leave Achill and see a few sites close by before driving home around lunchtime.

The first sites I went to were megalithic tombs - a great court tomb and a portal tomb. After these I went to Kildun to see the cross pillar. On the way home I stopped at Turlough round tower again. The court tomb was on my list to see after the portal tomb, but I approached the portal from the wrong direction and a farmer sent me to the court tomb when I asked for directions. It seems that the court tomb is more widely known in the area. To reach the portal at Claggan you have to go through the grounds of Rock House (I thought a local said The Block House!) even though it is not on their land. The caretaker here is very friendly and many people seem to visit. They keep a lot of dogs, so approach with caution.

At this time of year the west coast of Mayo is a riot of pinky-purple, because there are rhododendrons everywhere! They are in almost plague proportions. With the easing off of farming in these areas they will soon overcome the whole of this area. Achill Island is also seemingly covered in them. These are all very pretty, but surely they are endangering the local species.

Drumcollagh (Co. Mayo)Court Tomb12 New Images
Claggan (Co. Mayo)Portal Tomb4 New Images
Kildun (Co. Mayo)Cross Pillar7 New Images
Turlough (Co. Mayo)Round Tower4 New Images
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