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<b>Knocknagun</b>Posted by ryanerImage © ryaner
Nearest Town:Bray (10km ENE)
OS Ref (IE):   O165186 / Sheet: 56
Latitude:53° 12' 18.3" N
Longitude:   6° 15' 22.42" W

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Cross over from the 'cairn' on Prince William's seat, down the track to a bog and up again to this very peculiar, altar-like outcrop. It stands proud of the surrounding peat to about 4 metres tall. It sits there brooding like some broken-down tank or an exhausted rhinoceros, completely out of place on these wind-swept hills. And yet, where else would it be? The only comparison I can think of is The Cheesewring, with its eroded formations.
There is one stone, the top stone, that seems to have been worked by human hand, with a shallow mini-bullaun. It's quite an eerie place. My dog got quite antsy while we were here but that may have been because he smelt the local goats. Was this a 'sacred' place to the ancients? It affords the same type of views that Prince William's Seat with its dubious cairn has, though there is very little else of megalithic significance hereabouts.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
10th August 2007ce