Experience the magic of Ireland
with personalised tours led by Alanna Moore next northern summer-autumn, 2024.
Mythic Mountain Tours
with Alanna Moore
Based in Drumsna, Co. Leitrim, Ireland, on the banks of the River Shannon.
Weekend tours, tuition and accomodation for small groups
(4 – 12 people, self-driving), by arrangement.
Organise your group and book well in advance.
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Below – To get the flavour of what is out there, take a virtual tour of ancient sites within an hour or two’s drive from Drumsna. (Many reasons for visiting this region!)
1. Starting in Drumsna
If you go into the Duignan’s store there they have a leaflet you can take with a walking tour of Drumsna and its interesting spots to visit. Look up at the front of the shop and you’ll see the Duignan family crest – snakes climbing up the Tree of Knowledge with a harp and a book. This family were the bards for the local chiefs, the MacDermotts, in the old days. The most amazing place is nearby – the ‘Doon of Drumsna’, Ireland’s largest earthwork, about 2000 years old. Directions are on the leaflet.
2. A few kilometres north of Drumsna is the iconic sacred hill for this area Sheemore – the Big Fairy Mountain ( a hill really). It can be easily walked up through farmland and has fabulous views. The link has an archeologist talking about it.
3. Rathcroghan is in Roscommon, a huge complex of ancient royal sites, south west from Drumsna.
4. Heading west towards Sligo, Carrowkeel is just off the N4 highway. Hilltop passage tombs in remarkable condition for their extreme age. Great views on a clear day.
5. Then closer to Sligo town, another huge megalithic cemetery at Carrowmore with an interpretative centre. You can see there what damage the archeologists have done in ‘restoring’ a tomb also.
6. Close to Carrowmore is Knocknarea, the large prominent hill west of Sligo town, with a height of 327 metres. An iconic hill and fabulous but strenuous walk to the top. Tiny coffee shop at the car park.
(By the way, the huge mound on top was obviously not built for any Queen Maeve, she was around a few thousand years after it was made. Please don’t climb up it.)
7. If you go to Sligo town you might want to see an extraordinary site – an ancient passage tomb turned into a suburban roundabout!
8. The Shannon Pot is the traditional source of the River Shannon. A most magical spot, less than one hour’s drive away to the north, in County Cavan. (Photo of it is above.)
9. Just north of Enniskillen, a lovely town on the River Erne in Co. Fermanagh, a one hour drive away, is the island of Devenish on Lower Lough Erne, that has one of the best preserved Round Towers, that was the inspiration for Prof. Callahan’s concept of Towers of Power’. Take a little ferry boat over to it. An enchanting location!
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