Dolmens of County Down

Some dolmens of Co. Down, from the much photographed Legananny (below) to some in  rather surprising places!

Legananny Dolmen
Legananny

Built in an elevated position on the slopes of Slieve Croob  and looking towards the Mountains of Mourne, Legananny is one of Northern Irelands best known dolmens.

This extremely tall portal tomb is made of granite and has a large capstone slab finely balanced on the points of three tapering pillars.
Many dolmens are associated with figures from ancient legends and Legananny, is a translation from the Gaelic, Liagan Aine, meaning pillar stone of Aine.

Around the winter solstice the morning sun shines through the two portal stones, illuminating the underside of the capstone.

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The Crawtree Stone, Kilkeel

A lovely little dolmen that has been incorporated into a stone wall.  Not what you’d expect to see if you’re walking up the lane behind the Asda carpark in Kilkeel!

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Burren Dolmen

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In the village of Burren, near Warren Point, this dolmen is in a front garden and has become the main feature of a rockery.

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Kilfeaghan Dolmen

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The 35 ton capstone of Kilfeaghan dolmen visible above the field wall. Looking south over Carlingford Lough and the Cooley Mountains.

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Goward Dolmen

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Situated about 5 miles south of Rathfriland and featured in a previous post – Goward Portal Tomb, this is well worth a visit.

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