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Cashtal yn Ard

Chambered Cairn


Visited 24th August 2003: Cashtal yn Ard is one of the megalithic celebrities on Mann, so we approached it with some excitement. This turned out to be well placed, because the tomb is something special. I was still trying to get my head round the Manx tomb architecture, and this was the place to do it. If you had to see one tomb on the island, this should be the one.

The weather was good so we decided to have our picnic leaning against the forecourt stones near the tomb entrance. William loved the kinky portal stones and the square chambers, but I had to persuade him to be careful because some of the smaller stones moved when he clambered on them. Alfie crawled all over the place, and cruised round the monoliths, propping them up. It was a very relaxing visit.

Parking at the bottom of the lane is a bit tricky because there's barely space to get two cars through. The gate by the road is on its last legs, and the gate into the tomb's enclosure is unnecessarily small. There's also a moderate incline up to the tomb, so wheelchair users and pushchair users beware.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
12th November 2003ce
Edited 12th November 2003ce

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