Today I bid fond farewells to my hosts and travelled via Bru na Boinne (Newgrange and Knowth) to Northern Ireland and my home for the next few nights – Alder Cottage, Crom Estate, Co. Fermanagh.
What a beautiful day to visit this fascinating site which is still open to interpretation despite the work of eminent archaeologists over the past fifty or so years.
Parking at the Visitor Centre I was amazed at the numbers of coaches and cars but they mainly approached from the east and the M1 motorway whereas I approached from the west.
First you must buy tickets for either or both sites and coaches run every half hour. Being a Heritage Ireland member I took tickets for both but in the end decided to forego the Newgrange visit as I had a longish journey ahead of me. So I only managed to see Knowth. Our tour lasted about 45 minutes. I did manage to glimpse Newgrange from the road on leaving the Visitor Centre.
Eastern Passage at Knowth
Newgrange from Knowth
Kerbstone – Neolithic Art
“The Great Mound was built over 5000 years ago, probably after the construction of Newgrange and before the construction of Dowth. The Great Mound at Knowth is similar in size to Newgrange and is surrounded by 18 smaller satellite mounds. The Great Mound has two passages with entrances on opposite sides, the western passage is 34 metres long and the eastern passage is 40 metre long, ending with a cruciform chamber.”
Newgrange from the Road
It was an interesting drive up to the north and the route took me in and out of Northern Ireland and Ireland a couple of times. There is no sign of the border; just a sign to say distance now in miles each time I entered NI.
Crom and Lough Erne were looking beautiful as I walked around the estate before bed.
Welcome to Alder Cottage, Crom