One of the oldest monuments in Inishowen, A mysterious name & great views of Lough Foyle

Through the ages, dolmens have been used by different peoples during different eras for different purposes. In the Iron Age (thousands of years after these were built), it is believed that druid’s used them for religious or possibly sacrificial purposes. Some of these portal tombs even predate our great passage tombs however their original purpose is believed to be similar whereby cremated bones and grave goods of the important members of the clan were placed inside a chamber to be transported off to the next World. The Morton God Dolmen is the largest portal tomb and possibly the oldest monument in Inishowen dating from c.2500-3500 BC. Its name remains a mystery but ‘Morton’ may translate to mean ‘townland near the marsh’ or it may have Viking connections as Morton is the Swedish word for Martin and nearby at Quigleys Point is a recorded Viking settlement.