'Timoney Stones' : Standing Stone

TownlandTimoney Hills
Grid RefS 190 835
Longitude7° 43' 3.39" W
Latitude52° 54' 7.46" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBorris in Ossory (7.4 Km)
OS Sheet60
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Timoney Stones - Cullaun - Standing Stone
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th February 2002

I have spilt the Timoney stones into two sections. The ones on Timoney Hill (these are sign posted) and the ones on Cullaun.

I knew that there were a lot of stones here ( there are over 70 dots on the OS), but even that didn't prepare me for what I was about to see. There is reportedly over 300 stones here!! I drove up the track, something I would not recommend and a sign at the bottom discourages. You can not see this sign until you come back down the track.

In the first field on the right sit around twelve stones mainly in small groups of around three, but there are some single ones. This in itself would make a good trip!

The next field along on the right holds the largest concentration I saw. There are a few groups of three, an alignment of six stones that is bisected by the track and what could be a 75m diameter stone circle, but there are too many stones missing to tell for sure.

The field opposite has the continuation of the alignment and a couple of solitary stones. One field further along on the left has several large stones that seem to be singular.

Like this monument

Marked Sites


From Roscrea take the N62 south. After the N7 island take the first left and continue to the next junction. Turn right and continue until you reach a fork in the road. Take the right fork and carry on until the road takes a sharp right. Turn left here and continue for about 600m. There is a sign pointing up a track to the Timoney Stones. Park here (if you can work out how) and walk up the track and prepare yourself.

Random Gazetteer

A Selection of Other Standing Stones

External Links

The Sacred Island

Some great pictures and a little info on the Timoney Stones.
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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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