The Labby Rock, Carrickglass, Portal Tomb, Co. Sligo.

Location – To the East of Lough Arrow behind the Cromlech Lodge hotel. Follow the path through the pine plantation at the rear and across the opening. The tomb is located at the base of a small dip in the landscape.
OS: G 796 158 (map 25)
Longitude: 8° 18' 42.48" W
Latitude: 54° 5' 27.02" N
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Description and History – This is a very impressive portal tomb and is the only one I have seen so far with a capstone that rivals Browne’s Hill in Co. Carlow. It is immense and the capstone looks like it is taller than the portal stones. However, as impressive as this portal tomb is I don’t think it is very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I am definitely in the minority in saying that but I prefer the more rounded portal tombs found in the midlands. The huge capstone rest on two front portal stones and three stones at the rear forming a small chamber. A door stone is set back from the portal stones. The large capstone may have been in situ and built around. It is also situated in a small valley which draws your eye to the tomb. It would be interesting to see how this tomb fit into the larger landscape but the pine plantation obscures most of the view. This is a must see for anyone who loves portal tombs and is one of the finest in Ireland.

Difficulty – It is a little tricky to find and there is a wall to clamber over but apart from that this is handy enough.

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The tomb as it first appears to you as you approach. Note how it has been placed at the base of a small dip in the landscape.

The size of the capstone is immense.

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