The incredible neolithic site at Ceide Fields atop the spectacular sea cliffs near Ballycastle County Mayo, Ireland, contains the oldest known stone-walled fields in the world – dating back an incredible 6,000 years. The site is one of the most historically significant on the planet, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The site overlooks the awe-inspiring wild Atlantic Ocean which pounds against the base of the cliffs. The landscape itself, made of rock and bog has been forged and weathered by the climate, the sea and the elements, and charts the movement and changing of the earth’s very surface over millions and millions of years. You can imagine how the land looked when the Ceide Fields farmers were living off the land here.
The visitor centre at Ceide Fields tells the story of this ancient settlement, which extends for many miles underneath the blanket bog of the North Mayo coast, and tries to solve the mysteries of the people who lived and farmed there many millenia ago. You can see the simple technique used to map out the settlement and learn about the landscape itself, so unique to the region.
Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing coffee in Brambles Café. Before you leave, be sure to visit the viewing platform across the road and marvel at the incredible view of the sea cliffs overlooking the Atlantic.
If you’d like a more in-depth exploration of the landscape, check out the nearby Belderrig Valley Experience, run by Professor Seamus Caulfield who discovered the settlement and originally drove the Ceide Fields project, and his son Declan.
The Céide Fields recently won the prestigious International Carlo Scarpa Award for Gardens – read more here.
30th March – End May: Daily 10.00 – 17.00
June – End September: Daily 10.00 – 18.00
1st October – 29th October: Daily 10.00 – 17.00
The facility may open on request after these dates – contact us for further details.