Meayll Hill

Type:Historic Site

Meayll Hill

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Meayll Circle stands near to the summit of Meayll Hill overlooking the south of the Island and provides evidence of occupation from Neolithic to Medieval times. The Meayll Circle is a chambered cairn that is believed to have been built over one thousand years ago and it is a site of legends with diverse stories about haunting and Viking burials. 

The Manx name of this structure is Rhullick-y-lagg-shliggagh which translates to the graveyard of the valley of broken slates and the term 'Meayll' means 'bald' in Manx Gaelic.

At this unique archeological monument you’ll find 12 burial chambers in an 18 foot ring with six entrance passages leading into each pair of chambers. Near the summit of the hill, you will also find the remains of a World War II Chain Home Low RDF station.

Shards of ornate pottery, charred bones, flint tools and white quartz pebbles have all been found in the burial chambers and can be viewed at the Manx Museum.

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