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Céide Fields

Céide Fields – See how Stone Age farmers worked.

Dating back almost 6,000 years, the remarkable Neolithic site at the Ceide Fields contains the oldest stonewalled fields in the world.  Upon entering the interpretative centre, you are confronted with a 4,000-year-old tree which was unearthed from nearby bogland.  Outside, the ocean crashes against the cliffs of Downpatrick Head - one of the signature discovery points on the Wild Atlantic Way - is vision on the horizon.

The visitor centre, run by the Office of Public Works, is spectacularly located beside the north Mayo cliffs.  A viewing platform on the cliff edge allows visitors to safely look directly down on the sea, over 100m below them, and on the fulmars nesting on the cliff ledges and circling below.

The pyramid shaped Visitor Centre emerges from the hillside, reflecting the shape of the Stags of Broadhaven Islands to the west. This centre has won numerous awards including the Gold Medal for architecture.

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