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Interpretive Centre

This Interpretive Centre is for the Céide fields in North Mayo situated between Ballycastle and Belderrig. At over 5500 years old, these are the oldest known field systems in the world. There are very extensive remains of stone field walls, stone houses and megalithic tombs, preserved in a blanket of bog which covers several square kilometres. The fields became covered in blanket bog and were abandoned. More is still unexcavated.

Interpretive centres can be controversial. On one hand they focus visitor numbers to an attraction, and thus make it easier to manage the damage that visitors can cause. On the other hand they themselves can be intrusive structures which impact negatively on the attractions they help interpret. A number of centres in Ireland have proved uneconomic (such as that at Navan Fort) and have closed down.