Newgrange, County Meath. Photo by: Tourism Ireland

Ireland's top ten prehistoric must see tourist sites


Newgrange, County Meath. Photo by: Tourism Ireland

9. Baurnadomeeny Wedge Tomb, Co Tipperary 


Connected with Diarmuid and Grainne, the tomb appears to have multiple alignments with different chambers aligned with different important sunrises. The tomb is surrounded by a double kerb, 52ft and 36ft in diameter respectively. The outer kerb is largest but no stones stand above 3ft in height. The tomb is very long, roughly 16ft long with a septal stone creating the portico and main chamber. The capstone at the front appears to be carved on the inside to create a small channel. There are also some small carvings, of no particular pattern, on some of the inner stones. Some cairn material remains on top.

10. Queen Maeve’s tomb on Knocknarea, Co Sligo 


On the summit of Knocknarea is a large cairn about 180 ft wide and 33 ft high, making it the largest such cairn in Ireland outside the Brú na Bóinne. It is known in Irish as Meascán Méabha or Miosgan Meadhbha and in English as Medb's Cairn, Medb's Tomb, Medb's Nipple or Medb's Grave. It probably dates to around 3000 BC. Meabh is a figure in Irish mythology dating to the early first millennium AD.


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