Ballafayle Cairn

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Date of travel

August, 2019

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This is an isolated setting high above the sea between Cornaa and Ballajora. The wedge shaped cairn dates from between 2000-1500BC.

There isn’t a lot to see apart from the wedge shaped mound which still has a small stones on one side forming a kerb round the base. At the front is a small paved area, referred to as the forecourt and there are a few small standing stones.

Cremated burials were found when the site was excavated in 1926.

This is a delightful site with views across to Maughold Head and the distant coast of the Lake District. Few people come here.

The cairn is on the seaward side of the unclassified road between Cornaa and Ballajora, opposite the Quaker Graveyard. There is some parking by the side of the road and the grid reference is SC 476902.


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