Carrowkeel Summer Solstice
The Carrowkeel cairns are in the Bricklieve Mountains in County Sligo.
Cairn G has a roofbox above the entrance, similar to Newgrange. The sun enters the chamber
through the roofbox at sunset on the days around the summer solstice, illuminating
the back of the chamber.
Carrowkeel Cairn G is estimated to be 700 years older than
, it is
smaller and less sophisticated, the passage is two meters long compared with
nineteen meters at Newgrange.
Carrowkeel Cairn G at sunset on the 20th June 2008
Photos by Tony Christie
Summer Solstice Sunset illuminating Carrowkeel Cairn G.
Sunbeam moving across the back of the chamber in Cairn G at Carrowkeel.
Summer Solstice Sun setting viewed from inside Cairn G at Carrowkeel.
Sunset viewed through the roofbox from inside Cairn G in Carrowkeel.
Summer Solstice Sunset at Carrowkeel Cairn G viewed through the roofbox.
Sun moving across the back of the orthostats in the chamber of Cairn G at
Carrowkeel Cairn G - A beam of light from the summer solstice sunset enters the chamber through the roofbox over the entrance.
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, Bective Abbey and Trim Castle the largest Norman castle in Ireland