Court-tomb and Standing-stones
D 256 110 Sheet
court-tomb is perhaps the longest in all Ireland, being a
massive tapering cairn of boulders up to 2 metres high and 70
metres long. Two chambers of a gallery can be discerned behind
the forecourt (over 12 metres wide) at the E end. This is formed
by fourteen upright slabs and one fallen slab - none of them
tall. One has a cup-mark reminiscent of the N court of the tomb
(Tyrone). Near the W end inserted into the N side is a wrecked
portal-tomb with a half-door stone, which seems to have had
a massive, gabled-capstone sitting on another. In front of this
are the remains of a little cairn. Parallel with and several
metres beyond the N kerb is a long line of stones. The surrounding
area has several such, while at the top of the hill is a very
large, roughly-triangular enclosure with bank and external ditch,
with evidence of several structures within.
500 metres WNW (D 252 112) is a good male-and-female pair of
basalt stones visible from the by-road to the S. One of them
is 'riddled with cracks'. A stone kist was discovered in the
metres SE of the tomb in the same townland (D 260 104, in a
rushy field and visible from a track) is another charming pair
of standing-stones, known as 'The Maidens'.
1.5 km SW in Tamybuck (D 246 099), S of a by-road, is
a massive wedge-tomb somewhat eroded on the S side by quarrying,
but still retaining a large part of its cairn. The gallery-orthostats
and some outer walling are visible, but the roofstones have
either been removed or slid aside.
visible 300 metres W of the coast road from Cushendun to Ballycastle
via Torr Head, about 2 km N of Cushendun, the wall of the cashel(derived from the same Latin word as castle )
survives to a height of 3 metres, and the internal diameter
is 15 metres. There are traces of steps leading up to remains
of a terrace.
~ 1.5 km SW at the
entrance to a caravan-site in Cushendun is a large semi-elliptical
slab which is one of a former pair of standing-stones - now
surrounded by ornamental plants.
km S in Ballycleagh (D 248 334), close to a bungalow
overlooking Cushendun Bay, two massive stones stand 5.2 metres
apart, which may represent male and female. The stone nearest
the laneway is 1.5 metres square.
~ 8 km SSW in Lubitavish
(D 213 285) is the once well-signposted "Ossian's Grave",
a small court-tomb with a three-chambered gallery about 3.5
metres long, near which is a little cairn of stones marking
the grave of John Hewitt, one of the dullest of the generations
of dull poets writing in English since Yeats and Stevens.
650 metres SW in Cloughsis a small passage-tomb
("Cloghancor") whose capstone has been tipped into
what was the original entrance, revealing the five supporting
stones. From it are splendid views to Cushendall Bay to the
E, while to the SW Tievebulliagh is dramatically prominent.
km SSW at Tievebulliagh (D 193 268) is a neolithic
axe-factory. Three small outcrops of porcellanite can be seen
on the higher SE slope of this conspicuous peak. Rejects,
flakes and part-finished axe-heads may still be found round
about and on the hilltop - but no finished ones. It was here
that the axe-heads were roughed out before being finished
at the seashore at Whitepark Bay, and exported all over the
British Isles. The cairn on top of Tievebulliagh is probably
of Bronze Age date.
~ 5.2 km WNW are Ballyvennaght
334 104 Sheet
Near the top of Ballygilbert
Hill (300 metres), and offering fine views over the North Channel
to Scotland, close to the "Ulster Way" footpath, this small
(1.5 metres high) but well-sited Cloughogan is remarkable
for its unmistakeably phallic
form. It is, however, nearly an hour's walk from the
car-park/viewpoint to the S.
~ 750 metres NE, in
Lisnahay South (D 341 108, not marked on the map) is
a well preserved court tomb, whose north-facing court leads
into a two-chambered gallery, with two subsidiary chambers on
either side of the S end.
km SE, in Ballygawn (D 344 096, marked Chambered Grave
) is "Cloghogan", a small passage-tomb - similar to
the one at Ballylumford - very close to a ruined house,
and once used as a pig-sty. There are solution pits on the front
of the (slipped and cracked) capstone, at least one of which
seems to have been enhanced by human hand. The orthostats seem
to have been chosen for the interesting grooves on the internal
1.8 km WNW is Gowkstown (or Goakstown) wedge-tomb.
[~ 3.3 km SE in Ballyhackett (D 348 068)
is a good example of a Viking-period souterrain
set at the base of a steep rock face. It is now entered from
the W side of a field wall, but the original entrance is more
likely to have been on the E side of the wall. The linear
arrangement of passages in the form of an F, and the frequent
occurrence of creeps (very low passages), indicate that the
main function of the souterrain was refuge and defence rather
than storage. The total length is about 80 metres, with a
total of six simple creeps as well as a 'drop-hole' creep.
This type of monument is neither prehistoric nor megalithic,
but is nonetheless included here. Another souterrain is listed
in county Down under
~ 6 km
due S (D 337 043), clearly visible to the E of a by-road on
White Brae in Killyglen, is a fine knobbly sandstone
standing-stone 2 metres high, from which there are fine views
S to the beautiful contours of Agnew's Hill, and to the port
1 km NW of the car-park and viewpoint, on a little knoll at
D 323 080 in Dunteige is a roofless wedge-tomb whose
rear end has been badly damaged, but which retains its double
walling. To the right of the split portico at the front is
a single façade stone, and behind the portico is a
septal slab that blocks only one side of the entrance to the
gallery, which is aligned roughly WSW towards the volcanic
plug of Slemish.
100 metres N of the tomb is a boulder carved with a Clonmacnois-style
Latin cross with expanded ends. The boulder was used as a
Mass Rock for clandestine Catholic worship during Penal
Near the NW tip of the peninsula of Islandmagee, near to a power-station
and to Larne across the strait (by passenger ferry) this megalith
squats in front of a house beside the B.90 road. It is known
as "Ballylumford Dolmen", but is much more likely
to be the remains of a passage-less passage-tomb similar to
the one at Ballygawn. some 11 km NW. Its situation makes
it not really worth a visit unless you are already near it.
11 km WSW, between the Upper and Lower Ballyboley roads in
Ballyboley (J 328 973), in an isolated thicket of thorn
and holly 200 metres NW of the high-tension pylon to the SW
of the famhouse at the top of the lane, are the remains of a
court-tomb which retains two of its roof-stones. The front one
is a fine gabled stone sitting on the orthostats immediately
behind the entrance-jambs. A few court-stones survive on the
E side, the outermost set into the edge of a platform of cairn
material. There is a kist at the S end. The tomb was, interestingly,
known as The (L)ebby within living memory -from Irish
'leaba', meaning 'bed', referring to the legend of Diarmuid
and Gráinne. It has been wrongly transcribed as 'The
Abbey' by illiterate antiquarians, just as the tomb has been
wrongly identified as 'Carndoo'.
metres N is a standing-stone known as "The King's Stone",
2.5 metres high, incorporated into a field-dyke, while around
180 metres SW is - or was - part of the court of Carndoo
(= Carn Dúbh or 'The Black Cairn'), another court-tomb.
It was here that a small inscribed stone with hatched engravings
(cf Ballyrenan, Tyrone) was found in the mid-19th century.
over 10 km SW, almost on the S edge of sheet 9 (J 350 952),
in Ballygowan, is a handsome anthropomorphic monolith
of sandstone, 1.4 metres high, incorporated into a field-wall
on the S side of a track.
1.5 km further WSW in Castletown (J 335 943 near the
top edge of Sheet 15) is the massive "Buchanan's Stone",
2.2 metres high, on the crest of a ridge affording wide views.
It is somewhat difficult to reach from the E side, due to unusually
efficient fencing, locked gates and brambles, but is slightly
easier to get to from the road to the W leading to Ballynure.
Situated 1.2 km SSE
of Dunloy, Doey's Cairn has a fine and almost intact
forecourt post-dating the rest of the sepulchre by some 500
years and thus, perhaps, providing some evidence for the gradual
development of court-tombs in Ireland. Between the large orthostats
of the court, small filling-stones may be seen. The egg-shaped
cairn is bounded by a kerb of low boulders, and has a single
chamber facing, unusually, SW. Beyond the chamber is a passage
which was used as a cremation chamber: the burnt bones of at
least 5 adults were placed in one of 3 pits dug in the otherwise
paved floor. The tomb is spoilt by an ugly government-erected
fence set too close.
~ Just over 5 km SE,
crowning a little knoll just E of the road in Dromore
townland (D 048 137) is a shapely, fissured standing-stone about
1.2 metres high. A
cross has been discerned, carved into the centre of the SE face.
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6.5 km NW of Cushendun,
and 400 metres SSW of the standing-stone marked on the map known
as 'Cloch na h-Uaighe' and 'Cloghacarna', a pair
of portal-tombs (not marked on the map) lie about 20 metres
apart, mostly below the level of the surrounding moorland which
has been excavated to reveal them. The westernmost tomb (Cloughananca)
is a fine example, with a large capstone about 3 metres across.
and a sill-stone. One side-stone is missing. The portal stones
are 1.5 metres high. Between this tomb and the second, which
collapsed under the weight of its capstone - perhaps not long
after, or even during, its construction - traces of the cairn
which contained them both can still be seen. From here both
the standing-stone in the same townland and the passage-tomb
on Carnanmore (2 km NE) are visible just behind Cushleake
Mountain North. These tombs are difficult
to get to, and there are two routes. Either you can approach
from Loughareema (The Vanishing Lake) by walking some 850 metres
NW across the moor, or you can enter Ballypatrick Forest Drive
(the charge for a car was £2.50 in 2003) and park at a
gate (a hundred metres or so on the left) from where the standing-stone
marked on the map is clearly visible, and follow the outside
of the forest fence. For those with a GPS the 8-digit grid-reference
is D 1998 3675.
~ About 900 metres ESE at D 209 366 (GPS: D 20928 33628)
is another, smaller, portal-tomb almost buried in bog and
located next to a fast flowing stream on a gentle west-facing
slope. The displaced capstone is 2.1 metres across and 1.5
metres thick, and just 60 cms of the portal-stones are visible.
Some 200 metres E of the latter portal tomb, at D 207 365
(GPS D 20747 36486) is yet another portal-tomb. Only 50-60
cm of the orthostats stand proud of the peat and this is only
the case because the peat around the site has been cut a little.
If the peat was undisturbed I am not sure if anything sould
be visible at all, part from the top of the two-metre-long
capstone which is slightly displaced, but still covers the
chamber (nearly full of cairn rubble). The entrance faces
roughly south. One very interesting thing to note about this
site is that some cairn material survives just under the present
ground surface in front of the entrance. This would indicate
that the entrance was either blocked off at some point or
that the monument originally stood within a cairn that reached
at least up to its capstone. It is very rare to find a portal
tomb in this state, making this a very significant monument.
~ About 75m behind this tomb is a large boulder that looks
as if it could be the capstone of another portal tomb
At D 201 371 (GPS D 20063 37114) is a Standing-stone
some 2 metres high, located on the edge of a little gorge
carved by several streams as they leave the bog lands to the
~ Included in the
itinerary of Ballypatrick Forest Drive (for which there is a
charge per car), and 2 km WSW of Loughareema, in Glenmakeerin
townland, are the remains of a double-court tomb (D 185 350,
signposted), the more northerly (three-chambered) gallery of
which still retains two of its roof-stones (one of them large
and displaced) and only two of its court-stones. Only one court-stone
of the other (unsegmented) gallery survives.
~ 4 km NNE of the
portal tomb at Cloughananca is possibly the largest passage
tomb in the area at West Torr (D 213 406). The kerb is
massive and 15 metres across, with some of the stones being
over 2 metres in length and 1 metre high. At the centre of the
monument a handful of large stones define parts of the central
chamber. Some of these are over 1.5 metre tall. The backstone
of the chamber is heavily encrusted with quartz pebbles, and
there is a solitary red stone just outside the kerb to the southeast.
The site seems to stand inside the compound of what may have
once been an army listening post. A weird barrack-type building
stands just down the slope and the hilltop bristles with aerials.
On the way up to the tomb the visitor will see a small quarry
with flint nodules scattered all about: a seam of flint can
clearly be seen in the rock face. Antrim is Ireland's only source
of this once precious material, which was exported to Britain
~ 6 km WSW in Duncarbit
(D 147 347) is a fine pair of standing-stones of distinctive
shape, beautifully situated with views to the North Channel
and Rathlin Island, a semi-amphitheatre of hills to the S and
W, and the impressive maternal basaltic dome of Knocklayd
to the N, which is, significantly, girdled by standing-stones,
and dominates a wide area. The
cairn on top - 'Carn-na-truagh' or Cairn of Woe, 4
metres high and 20 metres in diameter - commands amazing views
in all directions, including the North Antrim coast and the
passage-tomb at Carnanmore, the Scottish Isle of Arran
and the Mull of Kintyre. It has an abundance of white quartzite
stones, and part of its boulder-kerb is visible on the W side.
Judging from their heights
and their distance apart, the Duncarbit stones could well be
one portal and one backstone of a destroyed portal-tomb.
Passage-tomb and Court-tomb
D 158 418
the ruined court tomb, which is built on the slopes to the
southwest, three low stones in the centre of the well-preserved
kerb are all that remains of the central chamber. None of
these stands more than 20 cms above the grass. The kerb is
almost complete, with only a few gaps. The tallest stones
are around 40cms high. The whole monument is about 18 metres
in diameter. To the North Rathlin Island can be seen, with
Scotland's Mull of Kintyre in the distance. There are good
views to the S toward the dominating mass of Knocklayd.
1.8 km NE is the passage tomb at Cross (see under Lough-na-Cranagh).
1.4 km SW in
the graveyard of Culfeightrin parish church, Ballynaglogh
(and 1.2 km W of the rustic, small Broughanleacross-pillar
in the S fence of the road, with a weathered design of a crozier
and a T-cross on its E face) N of the A2, are two basalt standing-stones
at D 148 408 : one (near the church door) a massive phallic
pillar three metres high, and the other, at the E end of the
church, presumably once even more phallic, because it has
been savagely hacked. A third stone lies 5.5 metres to the
are among a circuit of monuments which surround the impressive
hill of Knocklayd.
C 907 373
Sheets 4 and 5
as "Gig-ma-Gog's Grave" - which echoes the
Gog-ma-gog made famous by T.C. Lethbridge - the tomb
is tucked away in the corner of a field right next to the road.
There is very little of the court left, but the gallery is quite
well preserved, albeit a little scruffy. There are two large
capstones and some grass-covered cairn material reaches the
top of the gallery orthostats. A field wall has been built across
the back of the gallery, so that its length cannot be determined
- but it seems to beabout 4 metres long. There are a few loose
large stones in front of the gallery that were presumably from
the court. The tomb is built at the base of a gentle southwest
facing slope, so there is no view to the north or east; and
the hedgerow that separates the tomb from the road now cuts
off all the views to the south and west.
Court-tomb and bullaun J
335 725 Sheet
tomb, originally from Ballintaggart in county Armagh, with a
shallow forecourt of 4 orthostats with a good part of the cairn
and kerb surviving, has been erected on the far side of the
Ulster Museum (just beyond the Queen's University and overlooking
the Botanic Gardens). A good overhead view of the tomb may be
had from the museum's cafeteria - though in recent years the
monument has become overgrown and is now surrounded by a hideous
3 km NNW and mounted on a plinth outside St Matthew's Church
(brick-built in an interesting neo-Romanesque style), at the
top of the Shankill Road (North side) close to Woodvale Park,
is a bullaun
stone which was dug up from Shankill graveyard (lower down
on the other side of the road) in 1855.
4.7 km S by W of the Ulster Museum (via the Malone Road and
Shaw's Bridge) is "The Giant's Ring", Ballynahatty in
218 388 Sheet
hilltop-cairn offering splendid views and containing a good
deal of quartz
(typical of passage-tombs) surrounds a rectangular, corbel-roofed
chamber, approached by a short passage from the SW. (What seems
like a high entrance is simply a hole left when part of the
chamber was removed.) A basalt corbel near the capstone has
faint decoration in the style of passage-tomb art, including
a snake-like line, 3 horseshoe shapes and two groups of concentric
circles, one of which may be a spiral. There is a ring of worn
cupmarks on the top of one of the roof-stones.
~ 2 km SW are the
portal-tombs of Ballyvennaght.
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Grave (which is a corruption of "Grania's Grave" which is
a mistranslation of Carn Greine, Cairn of the Sun, pronounced
locally as 'Carngraney') is a shamelessly-neglected and overgrown,
low, megalithic passage still roofed, 9 metres long, at the
SW end of which is a separate, sealed polygonal chamber which
is roofed by a single stone 1.8 metres across. It seems that
the tomb (now filled with earth and stones) was surrounded by
a circular kerb, indicating that it is a hybrid or variant form
of passage-tomb in an area where there were other passage-tombs
(now destroyed) built by the intruding late-Neolithic "Beaker
People" from Britain. It resembles the "undifferentiated"
passage-tombs of county Waterford.
~ 6.3 km W by N, in
a field behind a farm, and just visible from the Antrim-Templepatrick
road through gaps in the hedge is Kilmakee "Stone
Circle" ( J 209 851, sheet 14), which is almost certainly
the kerb of a now-depleted cairn which may have contained a
tomb. The ring of some 45 basalt boulders (some smoothed by
water-rolling) has been planted with trees, so that gnarled
roots and trunks are growing around the stones and occupying
the spaces between, except on the N side where the kerb and
cairn have been removed.
12 km NE is "Buchanan's Stone" at Castletown
(see under Ballylumford ).
Craigs: Court-tomb and Passage-tomb C
978 175 Sheet
At a height of 200
metres on Long Mountain, this reconstructed tomb has a large
capstone over the entrance and first chamber of the gallery
- probably not the original. The almost semicircular forecourt
faces SE. Known as The Broad Stone, it was once a popular
place of assembly.
~ 750 metres NW is
a standing-stone in a field-hedge (C 977 183), which looks (misleadingly)
as if it might once have had ogam on it.
metres SW on the other side of the road is a charming and beautifully-sited
small denuded passage-tomb, whose seven close, tall uprights
support a flat roofstone some 2 by 1.6 metres. Two fallen stones
by the opening on the SW side may be remains of a short passage.
km ENE is the fine court-tomb at Ballymacaldrack.
D 033 780
50 metres W of the road, the small but surprisingly intact Druid's
Altar is stoutly fenced - and treated with potent weedkiller
when visited in Spring 2002. One of the 4 well-chosen façade-stones
is heavily (naturally ?) pocked, and there is a natural cupmark
on a Northern kerbstone. At least two chamber-stones project
above the cairn, some 12 metres long and largely intact. From
this tomb there is a good view of cairn-topped Knocklayd
to the E.
5.3 km NNW in Lemnagh Beg (D 023 433) is another similar
~ 700 metres N of the Passage Tomb at Lemnagh Beg, amongst the
dunes overlooking the beach of Whitepark Bay (D 023 440)
is a low cairn surrounded by a kerb of stones with a single
stone set at the centre. The exposed kerb is visible most of
the way around the cairn - but not at the apparent base. This
suggests that it was built upon a natural high spot, presumably
rock, in the dunes. The cairn is 7 metres in diameter and over
2 metres tall.
Bay was one of the places that the roughed-out obsidian axes
from Tievebulliagh were brought to be finished.
~ 5.8 km N by E of
Curraghmoney, in Magheraboy (D 037 437) is "The
Druid Stone", a simple polygonal passage-tomb in a round
cairn, supporting a single, massive split-boulder capstone,
with traces of a short passage on the NE side. Some 14 kerbstones
This fine slab, situated
on a rocky outcrop to the SE of Holestone Road, 2 km WNW of
Doagh village, commands wide views. A circular, chamfered hole
some 10 cms in diameter at groin height was made by boring from
both sides of the slab, as is usual in such monuments. In a
significant degeneration of early progenerative practices lovers
plighted their troth by passing a white handkerchief through
the hole. This stone is echoed by another, larger slab with
a similar groin-height hole, straight across the North Channel
at Crows in Galloway.
on the picture for a closer view
~ 12 km ENE in Ballynarry
(J 367 938), 50 metres from a track, is an irregularly-shaped
standing-stone just over 2 metres tall.
~ 2.4 km SE and visible
SE of the road from Parkgate to Doagh is the impressive Moyadam
standing-stone, almost 2 metres high with a curious "feminising"
groove at the top.
~ 7.2 km SE (on sheet
15) is 'Carn Greine', Craigarogan.
~ 2.4 km W (on sheet
14) in Ballywee (J 218 899) is what the N.I. Sites and
Monuments Record describes as "a well-preserved Early
Christian settlement site enclosed by 2 arcs of low banks. Gullies
running along the outer base of these banks were not defensive,
but diverted surface water away from the living area. The entrance
to the site was through a gap at SE. In the living area were
the remains of 5 Early Christian structures, with 2 further
possible structures, and 3 souterrains, the entrances to 2 of
which were within buildings. Areas of cobble paving and stone
kerbs were also uncovered during excavations, along with 3 hearths."
The site was apparently in use as late as 1000 AD. It is listed
here because the souterrains are accessible.
~ Closer to The
Holestone, at J 228 893 in the same townland of Ballywee,
on the N edge of a mound, is a three-chambered souterrain with
~ 3.4 km W (on sheet
14) in the townland of Tobergill is "The Crags",
marked as a stone circle at J 208 905. All but one of the stones
have been tumbled. It is probably not a circle, however, but
the sad remains of a court-tomb. Between the monument and the
by-road to the S is what seems to be a rare example of a surviving
quarry from which the stones were hewn.
5 km WNW (on sheet 14) in Browndod, up a narrow lane
to the W of the Browndod Road is a court-tomb (J 206 924) which
offers fine views and consists of a clearly-defined forecourt
leading to a gallery 14 metres long, segmented into 4 chambers
by 3 pairs of jambs, two of which have sillstones. The tomb
is set within a long trapezoidal cairn of about 30 x 15 metres,
which was originally covered with earth. Before the stones were
laid the builders made a foundation of red clay carried from
an area a few hundred yards further downhill. During excavation
pottery was found and three ritual pits which were dug very
deeply, reaching below the red clay layer. Unfortunately, a
rather rusty pylon now stands very close to the tomb, somewhat
reducing the otherwise fine setting.
is the best-surviving monument of a megalithic complex which
included standing-stones and other tombs, including one at J
202 923 which now consists of a horseshoe shaped façade
at the NE end of a low cairn. The W side of the façade
is well preserved with 7 stones surviving. The E side retains
only 2 stones, with 2 fallen stones at the S end, which may
have been portal-stones.
Also in the same townland, at J 196 930 is the Tardree
Stone, a menhir just over 2 metres high.
km WSW (and 6.1 km WSW of Tobergill) in the townland of Steeple
in the park which houses the Antrim borough council offices
(J 155 877), and beside a very fine example of an 11th century
Round Tower (outside the scope of this gazetteer), is a large
boulder with a double bullaun,
probably dating from megalithic times. This makes an excellent
~ Just under 9 km
NW is the roadside standing-stone at Carncome (see under
D 290 245
S of the deserted clachan (tiny hamlet) of Galboly is
a small tomb comprising a chamber formed by large basalt boulders.
It is covered by a large capstone supported on E side by three
large boulders and two smaller stones, and on the W side by
two boulders. Traces of a roughly oval cairn lie to the N. Another
small megalithic tomb lies 25 metres NE, and a possible third
just below the plateau. These may all belong to the type of
derivative passage-tomb typical of the Antrim coast.
6.5 km WNW (on sheet 5) is Lurigethan promontory-fort
(see under Altagore, above).
~ 14 km SSE is Goakstown wedge-tomb (below).
or Gowkstown: Wedge-tomb D
316 107 Sheet
Half-way up and to
the left of a farm-lane running E of the Carncastle-Glenarm
road, this fairly well-preserved wedge-tomb still has over 25
stones of its kerb, some of its cairn, sill-stones, and one
large roofstone in place, with others displaced. A large façade-stone
stands near the entrance. A slab about 120 cms high broken -
probably intentionally, to form a 'soul-hole' - at one corner,
divides the rectangular portico from the main chamber.
150 metres SW, on the other side of the road, is a low standing-stone,
but its significance seems paltry compared with the remarkable
volcanic plug of Slemish which dominates a great deal of the
landscape of SE Antrim.
~ 1.8 km ESE is the
standing-stone at Ballygilbert.
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Near the summit of
Fair Head, this picturesque crannóg
or artificial lake-refuge is oval in shape and, unusually, contained
by a dry-stone wall. Fair Head is accessible by car as far as
the clachan or house-cluster to the S of the Lough where
a car park is provided by the National Trust. There is a spectacular
view from the top of the sheer, fissured cliffs beyond the Lough,
to Rathlin Island and, visibility permitting, the Mull of Kintyre.
200 metres SSW in Coolanlough (D 180 422) are the ruins
of a possible wedge-tomb, of which just one original stone still
stands in the trapezoidal cairn, which has been augmented by
field-clearance. The site is listed here because of its situation,
and is indicated in the photo below by the arrowhead.
~ 500 metres
S, in Cross (D 171 430) overlooking Rathlin Island, is
a passage-tomb in a round cairn some 15 metres across, comprising
a central chamber of 5 basalt slabs approached from the N by
a short passage. A slab within the chamber and another lying
outside may be displaced roofstones. Eight stones protruding
through the grass are very likely part of a peristalithic ring
around the chamber some 10 metres in diameter.
~ 950 metres SSE of the crannóg is a ruined court-tomb
in Tervillin townland, known as Cloghafadd or
Long Stone. (D 182 418) Many of the court-stones, some of which
are 1.5 metres high, are in situ. Some stones from the
gallery remain, but not enough to estimate its dimensions. The
court, some 6 metres wide and about the same deep, faces NE,
and the gallery is 9 metres long. It is difficult to distinguish
the cairn from the knoll - but some kerb stones are visible.
The tomb is situated
so that Rathlin Island seems to sit on top of the intervening
hills. To achieve this the tomb was built on what appears to
be an artificial platform. This level area projects out from
the north facing slope and is over 3 metres high at the far
picture below shows some of the remaining court-stones with
Rathlin Island behind.
km SW is the stone pair at Ballynaglogh (see under Ballyvoy).
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a field 8 km SW of Carnlough, "The Stone House" has
been thought to be a hybrid between a court-tomb and a portal-tomb.
At the E end of what was once a long cairn is a small chamber
up to 1.8 metres high, roofed with 2 capstones and flanked by
5 orthostats forming a forecourt. A large slab from the tomb,
now incorporated (beside a gate) in a field-wall to the SW,
seems to be all that remains of a second tomb at the other end
of the long cairn which also disappeared in the 19th century.
2.5 km ESE is the huge court-tomb at Antynanum.
km WNW in Skerry West (D 138 164), easily visible from
a road-junction, is a fine standing-stone some 1.8 metres
high - one of several still surviving (and marked on the map)
in an area previously littered with standing-stones. 1.6 km
NW of it (in Scotchomerbane at D 116 175) is another
- incorporated in a roadside stone wall.
metres SSE of the Skerry West stone, adjoining a field-fence
and obscured by a thorn-bush in Lisnamanny (D 131 159)
is a taller stone, of basalt, with a pointed top and a deep
fissure running down it. At D 134 155 in the same townland
is a fine pair of irregular basalt standing-stones on either
side of a farm-track.
km WSW in Craigywarren (D 125 030) is another standing-stone
(low but massive) not marked on the map.
km SSW incorporated into a bungalow wall in Carncome
(J 168 962 on the same map) is a conglomerate stone 2.1 metres
high whose surface has many natural pits and hollows.
North, Loughguile: Standing-stones
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large, pointed slab of basalt, some 2 metres high, which according
to local information, was moved a short distance to the W
when the road was widened, is now at the top of a hill on
the W side of the Coolkeeran Road.
metres ENE (D 086 253) is another stone, 1.4 metres high.
At Corkey North (D 081 235 and D 082 235) are another
two stones, 100 metres apart, 2.7 and 2.1 metres high.
At Ballyveely Upper (D 076 254) to the NW, is another
stone set on top of Cannon Hill. It is a tall, thin slab now
incorporated into a field-wall, standing at an angle of 60
degrees. When upright and unencumbered by a wall, this would
have been an impressive stone.
4 km N of the Tully North stones, in an uncultivated garden
attached to the site of an old corn-mill at Magherahoney,
a standing-stone, 3.4 metres long, lies fallen. It is locally
known as Saint Patrick !