Muntermellan, county Donegal: Dermot and Grania's Bed or The Dane's Cave*

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Nearest village: Dunfanaghy

Tucked between two rocky ridges overlooking Dunfanaghy, the sea, and a panorama of Errigal and Muckish mountains beyond,
this tomb is bolder and more dramatic than most modern sculpture.
There are two roofstones - a table-like horizontal slab, and a larger one which has been displaced and now leans against the slender upright portal-slab on the right.

Obviously, the entrance-portals have been pushed together both before and after the capstone slipped.

from the front

from the West

from the East


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The Dane's Cave
is a name dating from the 18th century,
when antiquarians thought that Vikings were responsible for Irish megaliths and earthworks.