Tobernanore, Sheep’s Head

IMG_0010Clearly signed from the road (look out for the Ancient monument symbol on the gate) this well lies in a magnificent position with views out over rich pasture towards Dunmanus Bay. The site feels remote and open, yet the well is hidden and tucked into the landscape. The first time I came here, it was difficult to find – just a scattering of stones and a muddy puddle. The next time I came the stones had been tidied up and an attempt made to define the well.

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More recently the site has been restored – the well is now a square stone trough, above it a neat stone wall with little niches.  Bits and bobs found during the restoration have been left in the the cracks of the masonry.

The well is enclosed by a circular wall with a small gate. Stone slabs make access easy. Perhaps a bit too manicured but time will weather it and at least it now has protection from cattle and some recognition.

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Tobernanore means well of the cold spring and the water is excellent – fresh and cold – a handy saucepan is in one of the niches should you be feeling very thirsty.

20160203-IMG_0647160203Apparently the water was used to cure warts and other skin ailments.

The location of this holy well can be found in the Gazetteer.

4 thoughts on “Tobernanore, Sheep’s Head

  1. Ali Isaac

    How wonderful that someone has restored it! I love the rugged rustic look of it, it has great atmosphere, and I also love that it has no statue presiding over it. Great views too. 😊

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