Start: Cloghane Village
Time: 1 Hour
Grade: Grade 1
The three Standing stones at Cluain Searrach 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: Follow the map below. You can start your scenic adventure in Cloghane Village, walking straight past old church in Cloghane , the fairy glade route, up through Baile Na Leacain around until you come to the end of the boithrín, then through the fields and to you destination the stones at B. Try not approach from the eastern side. Please Do Not park on the private road. Click on map for animated journey.
Google Map Coordinates for stones: 52.247426842011464, -10.178472651080035
Description: Clochán na hEaglaise: On steep SE facing mountain slope. A circular corbelled drystone hut. There is a tradition that mass was said here in Penal Times (An Seabhac 1939, 227), but the possible cross-inscribed stone KE034-015002- recorded by the CKFC (1949) could not be located.
The above description is derived from J. Cuppage, ‘Corca Dhuibhne. Dingle Peninsula archaeological survey. Ballyferriter. Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne’ (1986), no. 1139. In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research.