Nestled between Co. Down on it’s northern shores and the Cooley Peninsula, Co. Louth on the South, the area around Carlingford Lough is one of outstanding natural beauty. Steeped in legend and history the area has something for everyone. We hope our website helps you to explore and fall in love with all it has to offer.
Our photo of the week is the Proleek Dolmen captured on a snowy day by Barry Kieran. Barry is an amateur photographer from Ravensdale. He got his first camera 6 years ago and started taking photos of the local landscape and after capturing his first proper sunrise he was hooked. Barry had this to say about the photo:
"Snow is what every person with an interest in landscape photography gets excited about. Living in Ravensdale, the Proleek Dolmen is always a go to location for me. I have photographed it from season to season, day and night, but this was the first time while it was snowing."
The Proleek Dolmen is set in the grounds of Ballymascanlon Hotel and it is one of the finest examples of a portal tomb /dolmen in Ireland. It dates to about 3000BC and is over 3m in height and has a huge capstone that weighs over 35 tons. ‘Portal Tomb’ is an archaeological term which means ‘doorway’. Portal tombs are so called as it is believed that the 2 large upright stones act as a portal into the burial chamber. The short walk to the Dolmen is signed posted from the car park at Ballymascanlon Hotel.