Visits For March, 2008

Sunday, 16th March 2008

The Standing Stones of Knocklayd

Today is the first day of a two day trip to Antrim. Most of the day was spent around Knocklayd Mountain visiting the standing stone and early Christian remains. I didn't reach all of the standing stones around this fine mountain, but I did see the majority of them. One more trip and I should get to see the rest.

After encircling Knocklayd I headed off to see a few more sites of interest. One of these was Skerry church, which is perched on top of a high rocky outcrop. It is from this place that St. Patrick is said to have tried to step on to the top of Slemish Mountain to the east. He failed to do so and landed in the river below. He is said to have left a footprint at Skerry and one in a stone in the river. Below Skerry church I tracked down the remains of a court tomb, which until now was considered destroyed and lost.

I spent the night at The Causeway Hotel, right next to the Giant's Causeway visitor centre. This gave me the rare chance to visit the Causeway after most of the other visitors had left. When devoid of packs of tourists it is an incredible wonder to behold!

Corvally (Co. Antrim)Standing Stone4 New Images
Tullaghore (Co. Antrim)Cross Pillar5 New Images
Monanclogh (Co. Antrim)Standing Stone4 New Images
Toberbile (Co. Antrim)Standing Stone5 New Images
Turraloskin (Co. Antrim)Cross Pillar3 New Images
Broughanlea (Co. Antrim)Cross Pillar3 New Images
White Park (Co. Antrim)Cairn6 New Images
Ballycraig (Co. Antrim)Standing Stone2 New Images
Townend (Co. Antrim)Standing Stone5 New Images
Skerry (Co. Antrim)Church3 New Images
Loughconnelly (Co. Antrim)Court Tomb2 New Images
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