The megaliths of Carrowmore, which are located southwest of Sligo town, at the heart of the Coolrea peninsula and are one of the greatest megalithic complexes of ancient Ireland. In this beautiful coastal region you can visit the one of the great heartlands of marine megalithic culture in Western Europe.
The Carrowmore complex is situated on a low plateau at the heart of the peninsula, which is at the center of a well-preserved megalithic landscape with fabulous views. The peninsula is bounded by water on three sides - Ballisodare Bay to the south, the Atlantic ocean to the west and Sligo Bay to the north. The stunning cairn topped mountain of Knocknarea is 6 km to the west, while the smaller, but equally important Cairns Hill is the same distance to the east. There are six more mountain-top cairns on the peaks of the Ox Mountains to the south.
It was thought by earlier researchers that there may have been up to 100 circles at Carrowmore, and the remains of at least 65 structures are recorded, but only twenty-seven monuments, in varying states of preservation, remain today. The sites were extensively damaged over the years by land clearance and quarrying.