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<b>Gortnavern</b>Posted by CianMcLiamImage © Ken Williams/ 2007
Nearest Town:Millford (4km SSW)
OS Ref (IE):   C218304 / Sheet: 2
Latitude:55° 7' 13.17" N
Longitude:   7° 39' 29.83" W

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What a wonderful monument! What superb scenery! Gortnavern is worth the trouble of tracking down, and there is some trouble.

The tomb itself has shifted in on itself but is really quite a fine example of the type, and the location couldn't be better. IF the gorse was cut back a bit.

It's not far at all from the village of Kerrykeel (called Carrowkeel on most maps) but the sign points in the wrong direction, this may have something to do with it being battered by shotgun pellets! After a while in the Irish countryside you learn to read the telltale signs that a sign has been turned the wrong direction and this one is of the more obvious type. I followed my GPS to the nearest road and this brought me to an accurate sign, I also spoke to the farmer on the lane and the little I could gather from his thickly accented directions was that you need boots. Well, bog standard now aren't they? Well, yes, the signpost points you to a stream that was almost a foot deep after the recent rain.

Turning back onto the main road, I found the lane leading to the abandoned cottages. This way involves only some small streams, a number of tied gates, capsized trees blocking the lane, ankle deep mud, barbed wire and thick gorse bushes. Dont attempt this with kids or if your only popping in out of curiosity, only the most hardened stone seeker in the sturdiest of boots will happily take this trip. It is worth it.
CianMcLiam Posted by CianMcLiam
7th January 2007ce
Edited 8th January 2007ce


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Gortnavern means 'Field of the Alder Trees' CianMcLiam Posted by CianMcLiam
3rd January 2007ce


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bogman Posted by bogman
22nd June 2011ce