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Galláin Cluain Sherrach ( Standing Stones)

Start: Cloonsherragh

Time: 1/2 hour to an Hour

Grade: Grade 1

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The three Standing stone are orientated on the rising sun at the summer solstice. The stone alignment are situated on the lower E slopes of Brandon Mountain, commanding an extensive view across Brandon Bay towards the central mountain ridge that forms the backbone of the Dingle Peninsula.

It was recorded that once there were five standing stones, with two now lying flat and partly buried. The two fallen stones had fallen by the early 19th century.

The stones stand at 2.75m, 2.14m and 2.1m high.

History: There are two solstices each year, the Summer Solstice and the Winter Solstice. The summer solstice takes place on or around June 21st (with the effect often visible for 2-3 days on either side of the actual date), and marks the longest day of the year. The sun sets very late – past 10pm – and the soft glows of twilight can last until after midnight, with the first tendrils of dawn alighting the sky as early as 3 or 4 am.

 

 

 

Route: You can start your scenic adventure in Cloghane Village, walking straight past the school, enjoying the view of the estuary along the way until you reach Cloonsherragh. Take the first left up towards Faha. Follow the road uphill, passing the graveyard on your left. When you reach the top of the road, turn right and follow the road for approximately 0.68km . Here turn left and begin your climb off the beaten track. Keep climbing for 0.19km through the fields and you will eventually lay eyes on the archaeological treasure.