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Explore 6,000 years of life
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Lough Gur offers each school an insight into Ireland's past. Lough Gur is a unique site in that it has visible remains and evidence from every age beginning with Neolithic and including modern times. Home to Ireland's largest stone circle and finest stone forts, Lough Gur is a living landscape.
Your school will be greeted by a professional guide who will lead your students around the Lough Gur area to view the archaeological and historic megaliths. Lough Gur also has a wealth of folklore and reputedly has the Munster entrance to Tír Na Nóg!
Exhibition with artefact display, interactive touch screens, dig models, dressing up corner and listening posts
Coach and car parking
Toilets at car park
Walking trails around the lake and hills taking in archaelogical and historical sites
Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom is designed by Grey Heron Media & Environment
& managed by Ballyhoura Heritage & Environment Ltd, Main St, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick.
This website was designed by Grey Heron Media & Environment, Lower Main Street, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick.
Lough Gur, County Limerick is located 21km South East of Limerick City on the R512 near Holycross and Bruff
Directions from R512 turning at Reardon’s Pub in Holycross
Take the turning immediately beside Reardons Pub in Holycross (left if coming from Limerick direction and right if coming from Kilmallock direction) and continue to the lakefront in LoughGur. The Heritage Centre is located at the far end of the lakefront on the right hand side.
GPS co-ordinates details as follows:
Lough Gur lake: N 52 31.316’ W008 31.173’
When archaeology and science collide
A full programme of activities under the Discover Primary Maths and Science programme include
Understanding the Great Grange Stone Circle through the medium of archaeoastronomy
Algebra and the Great Grange Stone Circle
Calculation of density
Pond life dipping workshop
Archaeological dig and Neolithic pot building activities.
Tour of the Lough Gur Heritage Centre through history and science
Make a booking using the online form or by telephone.
We recommend that you download the Fieldtrip Planner and Guidelines for Safe Learning Outdoors from our downloads page and use these to prepare for your fieldtrip.
Find out more about Lough Gur at www.LoughGur.com
This map can be downloaded and printed from our Downloads Page.
"The children are really engaged all the time. It's 'painless learning', they don't realise they're at it"
Ms. Murphy, Principal, Co. Limerick.