Knockbrack Tomb must be one of the most picturesquely situated tombs in the west of Ireland, overlooking Sellerna bay and out across the Atlantic to Inishbofin Island. We arrived just as daylight began to fade and made the stroll along the beach (keeping Inishbofin to your left) and then up onto the grass verge that overlooks the bay, the moon rising behind the tomb as the sun set across the ocean. It is hard to decipher exactly what class of tomb the monument is as some of it has been incorporated into a later field boundary but it is most likely a wedge tomb. It is topped by a large 3.5 metre long capstone, is orientated E-W with a chamber measuring 1 metre in width and 2.3 in length. On each side of the tomb stand there small stones, a large slab that is to the west of the tomb may have once been a second capstone, but this can never be confirmed. The tomb has been referred to as ‘Labbadermot’ or ‘Diarmuid’s Bed’, this relates to the legend of Diarmuid and Grainne to whom countless megalithic monuments across Ireland are attributed to. Diarmuid is meant to have constructed 365 ‘beds’ to hide from Fionn mac Cumhaill as each capstone made them invisible to Fionn’s magical vision. Many other sites on this blog are related to the same tale such as Rostellan Dolmen. I’d wholeheartedly recommend a visit to this fantastic site as Sellerna Beach is a beautiful spot in its own right accented by this magnificent monument.
GPS: 53.5588, -10.12846