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Cashtal yn Ard

Type:Historic Site

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About

Cashtal yn Ard, or the Castle of the Heights, is a well-preserved chambered tomb situated on raised land overlooking the parish of Maughold.

The monument was originally a megalithic chambered cairn – a conical heap of stones built as a landmark – and is one of the largest and best preserved of its kind in the British Isles.

The site is shrouded in mystery and mythology as the discovery of a strange arrangement of stone slabs has never been explained, though some believe it could have been used as a communal burial place for Neolithic chieftains and their families.

Cashtal yn Ard dates back to around 2000 BC and although the stone cairn has been stripped away, the large firmly set stones create a dramatic burial site. Situated on raised land near the coast, the site also provides views overlooking most of the parish of Maughold and across the sea to the Lake District.

Dhoon Quarry Road, Maughold

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Opening Times

* Open all year round

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Douglas: Journey time approximately 35 minutes. Drive north on the (A2) coast road towards Ramsey. At the Dhoon Glen, continue for 1km, then take the second right, signposted Port Cornaa and Cashtal yn Ard. Cross the tram tracks and take the next signposted right. When the road divides, take the left-hand fork through the ford and follow the narrow winding road for approximately 1 km. The road takes a sharp left turn with a cottage on the right. Two gates, one to a field and one signposted as a public footpath lie opposite the cottage, the footpath leads to Cashtal yn Ard. From Ramsey: Journey time approximately 15 minutes. Drive south on the (A2) coast road towards Laxey. Turn left at the Hibernian onto the (A15) Hibernian Road and take the first right towards Ballaglass Glen. Pass the glen, continue around the sharp right-hand bend and up the steep narrow road until you reach a cottage on your left on a sharp left-hand bend. The public footpath to Cashtal Yn Ard is signposted on your right.

Public Transport Directions

Not easily accessible by public transport, access is by car.

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