Isle of Tear

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Isle of Tear
Altair Burial Tomb, Schull, Co. Cork.jpg
The Coronation Stone, located on the northern side of Isle of Tear
LocationProvince of Lænighríh, Gotneska
Altitude81 m (266 ft)
TypeCeremonial and burial site
PeriodsNeolithic-Iron Age
Site notes
OwnershipCurrently the Gotneskan Government through the GNPA
ManagementGothian National Park Agency
Invalid designation
Official nameThe Isle of Tear National Archaeological Monument
Reference no.171

The Isle of Tear (Meallaigian: Tearmann or Oileán Tearmainn) is an island located just offshore of mainland Argis and is a ancient ceremonial and burial site near Goorey in Lænighríh, Gotneska. Tradition identifies the island as the inauguration place and seat of the High Kings of Aideenn; it also appears in Cordic Mythology.


The name Tear is a shortened form of the name Tearmann or Oileán Tearmainn (‘Isle of Tear’). It is also known as Tearmann na Ríthe (‘Tear of the Kings’), and formally also antOileán Órga (‘The Golden Island’) The Old Meallaigian form is Teriair. It is believed this comes from the Proto-Geltic *Temrais and means ‘Sanctuary’ or ‘sacred place’.

Features and Early History

Ancient monuments

The island has remains of 26 ancient monuments that are still visible, and at least three times that many have been found through geophysical surveys and aerial photography.

The oldest visible monument is Carraig Dé (the ‘Rock of God’), a Neolithic Standing Stone, built around c. 3500 BCE.


Roads of the Isle


Later History