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Brú na Bóinne… Newgrange…

A quick stop at Howth Harbour

Our tour started a bit later in the morning, which was nice, I could have a quick breakfast.  Off to the tour bus and off, we went to our first little stop, Howth Harbour.  It was nice to get a coffee and use the facilities before heading out to Brú na Bóinne.

 This tree is all sculpted by a chainsaw. It was amazing to see!   ⇓⇓⇓

20190830_092751It was a nice morning (no rain at the time) and a few pictures from the Harbour.   

Off we went to head to Newgrange

I love ancient sites of any kind.  Newgrange is one of these.  Newgrange is over 5,200 years old.  It is a passage tomb that is in Ireland’s Boyne Valley.  It was built by Stone Age farmers.  It is a large mound.  Over 90 yards in diameter and 15 yards in height with about 1 acre of its area.  It is impressively large.

There is a passage about 21 yards that leads into a chamber that has 3 alcoves.  During the winter solstice, the passage and the chamber are aligned with the rising sun and it comes through the opening and shines inside the chamber.

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The entrance to the chamber!  The top opening is where the sun comes in during Winter Solstice.

There are only a certain number of people allowed in at a time and of course, it began raining when we got there.  I was in the first group allowed in, it is based on your ticket.  We were not allowed to take pictures inside, but believe me when I tell you it was enchanting and amazing to be there.  To know that ancient people created this amazing structure and what it was used for.  

The experience inside when the guide simulated the winter solstice light was just incredible.  One could almost feel as though it were thousands of years ago and you and your kinsfolk were celebrating something wonderful.  I feel so lucky that I was able to experience that. 

It is a tight fit folks, so remember to duck your head and be respectful of the passage.

Surrounding Newgrange there are over 90 stones which are called “kerbstones” and some of them still have megalithic art especially the one at the entrance.

How to get in to see this amazing site?

To come here and see this awesome Neolithic site, you must go via the visitor’s centre at Brú na Bóinne.

Click here  Information on how to get to Newgrange.

I took a tour bus that paid for my ticket in and it was nice to have it all organized.  I don’t usually like to take tours, but while in Ireland I took four of them and I am glad for it.  I did not want to drive or make big decisions like where to park!  🙂

Newgrange is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  Newgrange is a passage tomb, but it is so much more according to experts.  This is a place of spiritual, religious, astrological and ceremonial splendour.  This is equal to modern-day churches or cathedrals where there are worship and prestige and where people are buried.

It is a fantastic place to visit and feel as though you are stepping back into time…

As always, comments or corrections are appreciated!

Feicfidh mé go luath thú

Sheri

 

 

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