-Ancient Amphitheatre -Bronze Age Cooking Sites -Platform Fort -Ancient Sauna and burial mound -Sacred Well and Fairy Ring Forts -Unique Flora and Fauna -Smelting Sites -Ceremonial Acoustics
Welcome to Carnahalla tours
Carnahalla is a gateway to Ireland's Mythological past hidden away in the rolling pastureland's of Tipperary at the base of the Slieve Felim. The site is a spiritual sanctuary for visitors who wish to discover our ancient spiritual history. Embedded within over 70 acres of beautiful ancient woodland planted by the Butlers of Ormond. With it's ceremonial tree lined walking embankments, bronze age cooking sites, the stone seat of the Goddess, fairy ring forts and burial mounds, exhibiting evidence of habitation dating back 8,000 years, up to the modern history. There are over 30 monuments to discover including a huge heart shaped acoustically charged ancient amphitheatre where pilgrims, priests, priestesses would have carried out their ceremonies and inaugurations. The quality and range of the acoustics underwrites it's ancient secrecy and ritual activities.
Because of the importance of the site it was treated with respect and sensitivity by the nobles. Hence there is a lot of unique flora including the largest Hazel, Crab and Ivy trees in Ireland measured by the Tree Council of Ireland. A very rare luminescent flora that glows in the dark was found lending even more mystery and magic to the Fairy Fort Rings and ancient burial grounds. http://www.irishexaminer.com/farming/natures-hay-plays-role-on-our-super-highways-103843.html
The Sunday Independent Newspaper wrote an article on Carnahalla linking the last King of Ireland to Carnahalla with the headline: 'Solving the Mystery of Brian Boru's Lost Munster Palace'. And also, according to tradition Patrick Sarsfield and his 500 horsemen camped on this site on his famous ride to the battle of Ballyneety. The site has also been linked to the mythological Egyptian Queen Tea. (P.V. Doyle, Fragments).
The sympathetic and traditionally organic manner in which farming has taken place has ensured that the site continues to grow rare and unusual flora and fauna. Two ancient man made lakes on the site are home to a family of swans.