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“Not to be missed on your road trip bucket list”

Rathcroghan Royal Site
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Tulsk
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Rathcroghan, in County Roscommon, is the hidden heart of the West of Ireland. When you visit this area, just off the N5 Dublin to Westport road, you can experience the home of Celtic Warrior Queen Maeve, the Goddess Morrigan, the Cattle Raid of Cooley, and seat of Gaelic Royalty – this is the Land of Legends for over 5,000 years. Here you can walk in the footsteps of the ancestors, imagine yourself transported back through time to the age of warriors and heroes, and enjoy this fascinating slice of Irish Heritage.The Rathcroghan Complex, with over 200 ancient monuments, is the historical royal capital of Connacht, Ireland’s Western province. We have been nominated to World Heritage Status, and Rathcroghan Visitor Centre offers a BRAND NEW Rathcroghan and Medieval Tulsk exhibition (open April 2014) with fully insured guided tours tailored to suit you; whether your interest is History, Genealogy, Literature, Archaeology, Heritage, Spirituality, or Mythology. Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, in the Medieval village of Tulsk, provides professional guided tours with a qualified historian/archaeologist; plus self-guide information, maps and advice; family friendly activities, workshops and special events, and full café facilities. You can shop for unique hand crafted gifts, an unparalleled specialist book selection, and expert advice no matter what your interest in Irish Culture, History or Heritage.
Reviewed August 12, 2014

The visitor centre offers a wonderfully informative guided tour, detailing the myths and folklore which centred on Ráth Cruachan (Ringfort of Cruachan).

Our tour guide was the manager of the centre, who had a great knowledge of the sites history and all of the tales that come with it.

The ringfort site is only a short distance from the visitors centre and well worth a wander. The entrance to the Cave allowed us to see an Ogham inscribed stone, which for me was amazing.

Altogether a great place to stop with friendly informative staff. Definitely not to be missed!

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Reviewed July 18, 2014

Interpretation of a completely unspoiled landscape based on the myths and legends of the Irish Táin. I enjoyed the experience immensely even though I didn't slither down into the cave which I was assured was big inside though the entry was about the same size as the opening into the pyramids in Egypt and therefore accessed on your hands and knees. Good reasonably priced food. Great Guide.

Thank Ann K
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a must see for anyone interested in Irish history or mythology. The fee for the tour is very reasonable and great value for money. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant and accommodating whose love for her work was evident through her presentation.

Thank folkfilms .
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

Travelling across Ireland, we had pencilled Rathcroghan as a 'maybe' on our list of places to visit. On a whim we decided to drop in and boy were we glad we did! Firstly, the centre itself is wonderful on the inside. Although the exhibition wasn't officially launched (it is now), we were offered a sneak peek inside and me and my family all enjoyed a educational tour through the hands on exhibitions, which was perfect for all levels of enthusiasts. I wouldn't be as well informed as my other half, but we both learnt a lot from the information on show.

Secondly, after being impressed by the exhibition, we decided to go on the sites tour, and while I don't want to give too much away to anyone who might be considering it, all I will say is that it is a fantastic life experience, and one you definitely won't regret. Upon returning we purchased some very prestine reading material which is very hard to find anywhere else, which now takes pride and place on our bookshelf and is a happy reminder of the day we spent around the Tulsk area.

One final point I have to make is about the staff. Although it was a busy day, the staff were bending over backwards to make sure we were catered for. The manager himself took us on the guided tour and not only was he very knowledgeable about every question we could throw at him, he was naturally enthusiastic and it was clear he was very passionate about his work. In fact, all the staff were very helpful and incredibly friendly.

If this is a 'maybe' on your list, or even if it's not on your list at all - add it now! It was a highlight of our fortnight spent in Ireland and something we'll never forget!

Thank Trevor O
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

Having arrived at the visitor's centre, we went out to a few of the sites and looked around for ourselves at the main Rathcroghan Mound, another mound and the nearby Oweynagat Cave. After a gander we went back and had a look around the excellent and informative visitor's centre and, thoroughly intrigued by the mysterious and wondrous site, the home of Queen Medb of Connacht (a fierce woman altogether) decided that we'd come back another day for a guided tour of the site.
We came back a couple of days later for the scheduled 2.30 tour (we were the only two there) were taken out around the sites by our guide, Niamh who was really fascinating and, obviously, supremely knowledgeable on the massive Rathcroghan site, whose history spans 6000 or so years, through myth, prehistory and recorded times. In addition to viewing the main mound and a couple of other sites, this time we went down into the Oweynagat Cave, which, we reckoned, seeing it the first time, would have been difficult to get into without a guide and/or a torch. Niamh took us down the muddy, slippery path into the cave, the difficulty making it all the more exciting and showed us the underground cavern, supposedly the gate to the Otherworld, the very site of where the original Hallowe'en legends begin.
The tour must have taken a couple of hours- I lost track of time. Rathcroghan is an endlessly fascinating place and Niamh was happy to answer any questions we posed.
Visiting Rathcroghan was a wonderful experience and, if perhaps off the beaten track, is well worth a detour or a stop for anyone interested in exploring the mists of ancient Irish history and myth. Even if you're not, a visit to Rathcroghan could well change that.

Thank David M
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