Poulnabrone Dolmen (Poulnabrone Portal Tomb) Tours
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The Burren area of County Clare offers more questions than answers. It’s a vast countryside of karst limestone and millennia of human existence, and a place that leaves you shaking your head at the mysteries it holds inside. At a place like ancient Poulnabrone Dolmen (also known as the Poulnabrone Portal Tomb for the two thin, vertical portal stones that support its 12-foot capstone) the first question that arises is how it was built in the first place. Dating to Ireland’s Neolithic period, the dolmen structure is estimated to be over 5,000 years old. When the area was excavated in 1985 to repair a crack in a stone, the remains of over 25 people—including adults, children, and an infant—were found buried by the Poulnabrone Dolmen, and along with items such as a stone axe and bone pendants, helped to date the portal tomb to around 3,600 BC. Today, when visiting this mystical and ancient site in the fields of County Clare, there’s a profound sense of historical unknown that’s held in the silence of the stones.
Poulnabrone Dolmen is located half a mile north of Caherconnell, which is an hour and 15 minutes from Galway. Sandwiched between the Burren National Park and the famous Cliffs of Moher, most people choose to visit Poulnabrone Dolmen as part of a full day driving tour from either Galway or Shannon. There is no admission fee to access the site, and the rocks are located 100 yards down a trail from a small parking lot.
Address: Clare, Ireland
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Poulnabrone Dolmen (Poulnabrone Portal Tomb)
Explore the wild Burren outside of Galway on a bike without breaking a sweat on this half-day electric bicycle tour. With an e-bike, you can control how much you work as you visit dolmen and Iron Age ring forts without a bus window between you and the sights. You'll get access to remote parts of the Burren that most visitors never reach and learn about the area through guided commentary.
Pedal as little or as much as you like on this electric bike tour of the Burren. Travel at your own pace through the stunning scenery with the help of a map to point out the can't-miss landmarks, such as Poulnabrone Dolmen, an ancient ring fort, and other local gems. This self-guided tour is perfect for independent travelers who want to make their own way.
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What's the best way to experience Poulnabrone Dolmen (Poulnabrone Portal Tomb)?
The best ways to experience Poulnabrone Dolmen (Poulnabrone Portal Tomb) are:
- Guided Tour of the Burren on Electric Bikes
- Self Guided Electric Bike Tour of Historical Sites in the Burren Co Clare