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Stone Circle


Phew ! so much variety in such a small area !
The five stone circle has been incorporated into a field hedge and filled with rubble,but its still in good condition. It's aligned NE-SW for the Winter Solstice. To the NE in the field above sits a standing stone, unfortunately now fallen !
In the field to the North West there is a Cillin and a Ring Fort. Then to cap it all off, about 200 metres t the West there are a variety of Standing Stones, a ruined Radial Cairn and a wonderful Quartz Boulder Burial. The cairn was probably damaged when the site was Christianised and became a focus for St Colman, who incidentally, the Townland is named after. There were two holy wells here on site and pilgrimages were held annually at beltaine, when Pilgrims would walk the penitential rounds.
Access is quite easy. From Cullomane Crossroads on the R586 turn left (if coming from Bantry), then take the first left (at a small crossroads) and the first right. This will take you up to a farm. Ask permission here to access the site. Then just follow the track. The Circle is in the first field. Then just carry on West. The gate on your right takes you to the single standing stone. The same gate, but then through the gate left for the cillin and ring fort. The gate ahead of you for the other stones, cairn and boulder burial.
Well worth the effort !
Meic Posted by Meic
12th March 2012ce

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