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Review of Carrowkeel

Ranked #4 of 126 things to do in Sligo
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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Fantastic view but very wet underfoot.Wear waterproof boots/ shoes.Wellies can be very slippery.Charge up your mobile so if you get lost or fall over you can be easily rescued!!

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"lane road"
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"great walk"
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"left turn"
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"entire area"
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"take your time"
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"private property"
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"hiking boots"
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"awe inspiring"
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"walk up"
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"megalithic cemetery"
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"views are spectacular"
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

The views from the top of Carrowkeel are fabulous, even on a dull day. It's one of the top four passage tomb cemeteries in the country but you wouldn't learn that at the site. We couldn't see any helpful information boards but did spot one piece of wood that might have once housed a notice. It's a shame that there's not more information at the site.

Thank ItchyIrishFoot
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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

An Incredible location in the middle of nowhere, We decided to step at the first parking location and to walk to the cemetery (around 1.5 km)

Nice walk, a few rocks to discover and a magnificent view on the Valley

It is worth visiting carrowkeel

Thank Philippe M
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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.

Thank bradziker1
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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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