Dungiven Priory and O'Cahan's Tomb

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Dungiven Priory and O'Cahan's Tomb

Dungiven Priory and O'Cahan's Tomb
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Ancient Ruins • Cemeteries • Religious Sites

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Kerry_1984
Belfast, UK14 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
I found this place literally by accident. I was driving past, on a little sunday drive, not going any place in particular when the small brown sign caught my eye. As I love history, I stopped to go be nosy. It's a little walk down a lane and sadly there isn't much in the way of parking, other than on street, but it's still worth a stop.

The ruins of the 12th century priory are gorgeous alone, but along with the graveyard, with several interesting gravestones and a wishing tree, that is clearly still in use from all the various bits of cloth tied around it the day we visited, it's really a beautiful and interesting spot.
Written October 16, 2017
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Ian W
Portsmouth, UK166 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
It's a little hard to find, no real car park and down a track, but well worth the effort . There is a serene beauty here in the ruins and graveyard, and it's so peaceful & tranquil. Not a day trip but if you are on the scenic drive like we were it is well worth the time to visit.
Written July 22, 2017
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Lise H
London, UK26 contributions
Sep 2019
Ee went here because of Trip Advisor. It sounded really interesting and it was. The Wart Well was especially interesting. I wish that it had been possible to see inside the Priory/church but its closed off,especially as the signage described an inetresting feature which is just wasn't possible to see from outside. The signs also direct you to the nearby standing stone, it was possible to see it from the path but when we visited there appears to be a large road being constructed right across the field inbetween and it would have been impossible to reach it. Again a real shame as the information about it was so interesting.
Also watch out if using Satnav as it takes you into a new housing estate next door!
As others have noted its an amazing place but clearly not a big deal locally.
Written October 28, 2019
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The HJ S
33 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
Still amazed thus attraction is not a bigger deal.locals are aware.occasionally you get lucky and get up close if there us maintenance occurring.Allbthia and you can cure your warts.
Written September 26, 2018
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sgphoto
Grand Junction, CO460 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We had to park about 300 yards from the ruin, but the walk is pleasant and flat. The setting is quite peaceful and the ruins well tended. Only the church is preserved with walls only for the rest of the priory.
Written September 22, 2018
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Brian A
Coleraine Northern Ireland339 contributions
Jun 2018
The Peace IV Project – Folklore and Myths

We had made a special trip to visit this beautiful place, to learn a little bit of history and folk lore. I was with a party from Clanmil housing, and, after visiting Dracula's or Abertachs grave site, up the road a bit … an eerie place to be at night I would think... You could almost imagine the little bats flying round at head level, and the funny moans and groans of the wee goblins and spirits, in the dark and misty night, with thee wind blowing about, and the gentle clatter of horses hooves, as you tried to make out that you weren't scared we then made the trip here, ...to the Priory..
and by jove…
it IS special …
isn't it...
Upon entering the site, and the little walk along the lane, you are immediately struck by the eerie stillness, and tranquillity, among the old ruins and falling headstones, and the long grasses … and I was always wondering, who was buried here , and, if they could see us now... what would they be thinking...
The place is so sad looking, yet it is buzzing with a special atmosphere, that makes you want to see more...and learn more... I wonder what it would have been like living here... all those many many years ago...
Also inside the building itself, there is the tomb of O'Cahan, a chieftan, with lovely, aged, and weathered, carvings of Scottish Soldiers, guarding the tomb...
Also, along the entrance lane way there is on the right hand side, thru a hedge gap, a large round stone with a hole in it, and mementos tied on the tree branches... the stone is supposed to have healing powers ...for... “Worts” ...

It is an incredible place to be, and I would have stayed longer, if we had not been on a schedule...

But I can, without hesitation, absolutely highly recommend 110%, a visit to this historical site, it does, immediately, take your breath away, and when you, (reluctantly) leave, you can not help but wonder...!!! ...Who, were these wonderful people, who lived their lives inside these beautiful grounds, surrounded by peace and quietness... Oh... I do love history...

After visiting, it makes me want to know more... and hopefully I will, at a later date...

This is a MUST SEE area, steeped in mysterious history... I was so glad I got the chance to see it, and the area surrounding ...My little grandson in Scotland, would have loved this trip... he's well into old history, and he's almost 10 year old...

Thank you to our tour guides on the bus,
and to the Priory … A truly unforgettable day …
Written June 7, 2018
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Aaron Hughes
Oswaldtwistle, UK92 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
I was in Northern Ireland on a business trip and had time to kill. Spotted the sign post for this little place. It's pretty, and creepy all at the same time. You walk down a track for about half a mile before reaching the place. Worth killing some time there
Written March 29, 2018
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