Pentre Ifan Dolmen

From the portal tombs in the east of Ireland we go across the Irish Sea to north west Pembrokeshire, where there is a large concentration of Neolithic tombs, most of which are dolmens. Pentre Ifan is the most famous and sits on the edge of the Preseli hills with views across to the sea. It is just one in a group of dolmens in the Nevern Valley but it is the largest and probably best preserved dolmen in Britain and also an extremely elegant one.

Approaching Pentre Ifan, with rocky outcrops of blue stones visible on the skyline above.

Pentre Ifan (6)

The large orthostats of blue stone with the finely balanced capstone sitting on top of the pointed uprights.

Pentre Ifan (4)

The dolmen was originally covered by a long cairn, with only the portal stones at the entrance showing, and possibly the capstone on the top of the tomb,so the fine dolmen structure as we see it today wouldn’t have been visible to the neolithic communities who gathered at the site.