Cashtal yn Ard

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Date of travel

August, 2019

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This is a magnificent setting on the top of a hill surrounded by open countryside, just north of Glen Mona. On clear days, it has wonderful views across to the Lake District

The site dates from about 1800BC and was originally covered with earth. It is one of the largest and best preserved Neolithic horned barrows in Britain and definitely worth visiting.

There was a semi circular portal at the west end, with eight large stones. The two largest stones at the centre form an arch which gave entry into the five chambers beyond.

Beyond these was a burnt area where bodies may have been cremated before the ash was collected into pottery urns for burial. Round the edge are the outer kerb stones.

The site is signed off an unclassified road between Glen Mona and Cornaa, at a bend opposite a small house. The nearest postal code is IM7 1BF and the grid reference is SC 463892. There is a limited amount of parking here.

A narrow and overgrown pathway leads up between hedgerows, leads to a track by a ruined tholtan. Ignore the gate and horse trough on the left and continue along the track keeping the field boundary to your left to the top of the field. A gate and stile lead to the cairn.

If the gate to the right is open, go through that and head up the side of the field to a ruined tholtan at the top of the field and then follow the instructions.

It is a lovely setting, an interesting site and well worth visiting, but do chooses a dry day!


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