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Surfing and Stones

A beach and a cemetery

sunny 65 °F
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Strandhill Beach, a famous surfing spot, is 15 minutes by bus from Sligo. It has severe rip tides and swimming is not allowed but the waves bring surfers from all over. 06E5A254-9..9A2CFE4E814.jpeg Surfing lessons are given there 8A3C3414-9..607F3DC2C16.jpeg and it has sand dunes undergoing restoration 350D6367-F..88E6AACFF7F.jpeg and a golf course B9C8CA14-D..F3E387D040D.jpeg5995B82D-3..2A3B8280BB2.jpeg all with the backdrop of Knocknarea Mountain. There are some trails going up towards the mountain but I stayed on the beach having ice cream 065F12FB-7..9054A560C8E.jpeg and watching the surfers 3401402D-A..6BF1E22F5F9.jpeg. Just my size wave. Found a smurf in the rocks 8CB1AC2D-E..ECE8B677864.jpeg and lots of neat rocks. B0842799-6..224BCAF90BA.jpeg7796EF1F-6..500A5C8D62E.jpeg

Headed back to Sligo and took a taxi to Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery about five miles out of town. Knocknarea Mountain is visible from there as well. CAC19C0F-7..E8368741230.jpeg Carrowmore dates from about 5000-3700 B.C. with about 45 stone sites in one square kilometer. At the highest point overlooking the whole cemetery is the tomb Listoghil or The Fort of Overthrow. 62B58623-3..7FEC59EB890.jpeg. There is a legend about how Carrowmore was formed: the Goddess Beara , the Old Hag, dropped the stones she was carrying in her apron 124BB55A-4..E9673906AC9.jpeg to form the piles of stone, and much local folklore as well. Yeats wrote many poems about the legends for both Carrowmore and the largest tomb on the summit of Knocknarea Mountain and you find them everywhere in the area. D3BBE108-6..56316170135.jpeg Listoghil has similar solstice alignments as other stone circles and tombs. There are other theories about halloween and its origins being connected to these legends and prehistoric tombs. Fascinating site.

Posted by Seacastle7 14:16 Archived in Ireland

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Interesting. The water looks good, but I know it is really cold!

by Karen Hessler

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