Mayo’s stone age farmers left a remarkable legacy

Ceide FieldsDating back almost 6,000 years, the remarkable Neolithic site at the Céide Fields contains the oldest stonewalled fields in the world. 

The pyramid-shaped Visitor Centre, run by the Office of Public Works, is located beside the cliffs of Downpatrick Head, one of the highlights on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Upon entering the Interpretative Centre, you are confronted with a 4,000-year-old tree which was unearthed from nearby bogland. 

The design of the centre reflects the shape of the Stags of Broadhaven, a group of rocky isles nearby, and has won several awards including the Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland.

A viewing platform on the cliff edge allows visitors to safely look directly down on the sea, over 100metres below, and watch the fulmars circling in the air or nesting on the cliff ledges.

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