Carrowkeel is a Megalithic passage tomb cemetery in the Bricklieve Mountains. In my opinion it’s one of the most mystical places in Sligo and the views over Lough Arrow are stunning.
Information from Voices from the Dawn:
The passage tombs of Carrowkeel were constructed in the Neolithic (c. 3200 BCE) and continued to be used for burial rites into the Bronze Age (c. 2000 BCE). Once the last funerary items were inserted in antiquity, the chambers were sealed and did not again see sunlight until R.A.S. Macalister’s excavation of eight tombs, completed in just 15 working days during three visits in 1911.
The walk is suitable for most abilities and it’s a lot quieter than the well known Knocknarea Walk and Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery. As you drive up to Castlebaldwin on the N4 you’ll see the signs for Carrowkeel just after the petrol station. Also nearby is the Donkey Sanctuary which is open at weekends from April to October and is well worth a visit.
The tombs are very fragile so if you are going to walk there please don’t climb on them or in them. Hopefully there will be some kind restoration work done at Carrowkeel in the near future. You are also on open farmland so dogs are not permitted. Let me know what your favourite walk is.