Reask Monastic Site ~ An Riasc
(2 km outside Ballyferriter, signposted from the Slea Head Drive)
This early Christian centre is a memorable site, excavated during the 1970s, and famous for its wonderfully carved cross slab bearing Classical, Celtic and Christian motifs. The enclosed site also has the remains of other cross slabs, an oratory, burial ground, shrine site, paved pathways, corn drying kiln, and several dry-stone huts. It was first used in the late 5th or early 6th centuries, and appears to have continued in use up to the 9th or 10th century. The finds of the excavation are on view, with further information on the site, at the Museum in Ballyferriter.
The monastic complex is a national monument in the care of the Office of Public Works, and may be viewed by the public free of charge.