Isle of Albion
Imposing portal tomb in a disappointing setting.
Photographed: Monday 14th October 2013
Other Names: Kernanstown Cromlech, Brownshill Dolmen, Browns Hill
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Browne's Hill is a portal tomb dating back to between 4000 and 3000 BC. It is distinguished by its huge capstone, measuring 4.7 metres by 6.1 metres by 2 metres, and weighing between 130 and 150 tonnes. The capstone sits atop two portal stones and a gate stone, with a fourth upright stone close by. The capstone slopes away from its supporting stones towards the ground at its far end.

Browne's Hill is an impressive monument. Sadly though, its setting isn't the best. Being surrounded by a chicken-wire fence and flanked in the distance by a backdrop of workshops and a garage doesn't exactly add to the ambience, but the monument is still impressive enough in its own right to make it worth a visit. It's one of Ireland's more famous megalithic sites, and it attracts the occasional coach party, so whether or not you have the place to yourself is something of a gamble.