Day 7 - Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland
Trip Start Sep 09, 2012
31Trip End Nov 24, 2012
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Our first stop was Newgrange. Built around 3600 BC it became buried over hundreds of years, only to be discovered in the 1600’s when a local was looking for stone to build their home
Newgrange is a very interesting place. When built it is thought some of the stone was transported from up to 70 kilometers away and transported via the river and using logs to roll it up to the top of the hill it was situated on. Though no one is really sure what it was used for, it was likely to be a spiritual place. On the summer solstice the sun enters the chamber through a gap above the entrance for 17 minutes, and this is the only time it does so. There were human and animal remains found within the structure during the excavation.
After Newgrange we headed to Belfast and stayed at a lovely B&B called Maranatha Guesthouse.