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“long hike but worth it”
Review of Carrowkeel

Carrowkeel
Ranked #4 of 126 things to do in Sligo
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

We had to drove some really rough paths up the hill (need a really good 4WD or tough vehicle), and then climb the steep hill (avoiding the sheep droppings). Two of the ancient tombs you could crawl into, and that is really fun. If you drive to the top of the hill, you can do the visit in 1-2 hours, but if you hike from the road, this can be 1/2 or whole day visit.

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

Let me start off by recommending a visit to nearby Carrowmore Megalith Cemetery first. Carrowkeel is not a standard tourist site so it is not run by the OPW, you are on your own on the site. Going to Carrowmore (take the tour) first will give you a better history of the era the tombs were built and the landscape and layout of the entire area. Since there is no signage or information as to the tombs at Carrowkeel, this background information will prove helpful in what you are looking at both at the site itself as well as what you can see around you.
Carrowkeel itself is a very self guided tour. You drive up a one lane road and then through a sheep gate. There is a sign right by a "parking area" that says you can go past the sign in a car, but I would recommend parking there and walking up. There is a huge pot hole on the path that would be hard for any vehicles that aren't off road capable.
You follow a very obvious road up the hill, surrounded by sheep. Eventually you will reach another "parking area" and a sign for Carrowkeel. The sign is almost misleading as it seems to indicate a path that will lead you back down the hill. Follow the arrow someone else has scratched into the sign and walk up the hill. Eventually you will find the tombs.
It was pouring the day we went, so we were the only visitors there, but I can see it being busier if the weather allows as the views are spectacular and it is a lovely hike. The mist almost added to the mystery of the location. We only visited a few of the ruins but there are quite a few to see. They're not maintained and are in different levels of disrepair, but a few are in decent condition overall, considering their age.
I truly wish the weather had been on our side and we had really prepared for the time the site warrants for exploring. If we come back to Ireland I will be back to the site, with hiking boots and far more time.

3  Thank Katie N
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

This is a review of the neolithic tomb site at Carrowkeel, near Castlebaldwin. It's a hike. I mean, really a hike. We parked along the side of the road, cut through the gate and walked a long way before we were certain we were in the correct spot. After that, it's one foot after the other for well over an hour. I would like to amplify the reviewer who indicated that the signage was horrible. It was usually not present, but when it was, it was often misleading. We finally got to what we were pretty certain was the correct place, but they sure could have made it more obvious and perhaps explained what we were looking at. As it was, it was more of a nature hike than a top tier historic site.

Thank ace4444
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

Carrowkeel Tombs is worth the visit, It's a little out of the way but well worth the trip. It's a good walk to get to them but take your time and you'll get there. I have arthritis in my hips and spine and I did it, there's places to sit and rest ( Flat rocks) You can drive up past a couple of gates but if you have a high sitting car you'll be Ok. I didn't know you drive almost to the top, but there is on very large and deep pot hole. We packed a picnic lunch and had it at the top, no one else was there.

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Reviewed 25 April 2017

First the negative..The signage is terrible. People have actually written on the sign near the top to help you find your way, thankfully! Zero information about the place at the summit....but a sign that has almost totally disintegrated.

On the positive side....great walk up. Beautiful views and awe inspiring when you reach the top. Highly recommended.

Thank Matchu7
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