Ceide Fields, Ballycastle

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The Céide Fields (Irish: Achaidh Chéide, meaning 'flat topped hill fields') is an archaeological site on the north County Mayo coast in the west of Ireland, about 7 kilometres northwest of Ballycastle. The site is described as the most extensive Neolithic site in Ireland and believed to contain the oldest known field systems globally. Using various dating methods, it has been stated that the creation and development of the Céide Fields went back approximately 5500 years (~3500 BCE), some 2,500 years before this type of field system developed everywhere else in Europe. Other dating methods and research has suggested that the complex developed 3,000 years ago, and is otherwise a "textbook example" of a Celtic field system, several examples of which are associated with late Bronze Age and Iron Age Europe.
The site is in UNESCO's tentative list to gain World Heritage status.
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  • We had been before when the visitor centre was open, so knew the site. This time we had my daughter who had not been before. The centre is currently closed for refurbishment. However, you can use.....  more
    We had been before when the visitor centre was open, so knew the site. This time we had my daughter who had not been before. The centre is currently closed for refurbishment. However, you can use.....  more »
  • Very underwhelming.Drove 3 hrs to get there.Visitor center closed.No dogs allowed to walk around outside.Just some piles of stones to see.Only interesting fact was that it was 2-3 degrees hotter 5000....  more
    Very underwhelming.Drove 3 hrs to get there.Visitor center closed.No dogs allowed to walk around outside.Just some piles of stones to see.Only interesting fact was that it was 2-3 degrees hotter 5000....  more »
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  • Imagine this: you come looking for toilet. They nag you from entrance to buy a ticket. After finishing your business you have a look around, just to find out you cannot look around without the ticket. So you decide to leave and you hear some racist comments about your country of origin. This is some new idea of Irish hospitality which I do not recommend!
  • Realizing how old the rocks are is the only interesting part. The tour was repetitive and the video poor quality. The museum had some artifacts but overall I would not put this on a list of places to see, there are many more interesting options.

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