Tomb’s, Stone Circles & Standing Stones

VisitGalway - Diarmuid and Grainne Wedge Tomb

Carrownlisheen Wedge Tomb (Diarmuid and Gráinne’s Bed) 

This is a wedge gallery grave of Neolithic or Early Bronze Age (4,000 BC). It was thought that it may be a place of ritual and a burial ground. The name, Diarmuid and Gráinne’s bed, is a reference to a young couple who mythology tells us slept at these sites on their journey around Ireland, such as this wedge shaped tomb on Inis Meain,  trying to escape from Fionn MacCool and the Fianna, who wanted to win the heart of beautiful Gráinne, who would not marry him.

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Doorus Demesne Wedge Tomb 

A gallery grave is a form of megalithic tomb built primarily during the Neolithic Age, in which the main gallery of the tomb is entered without first passing through an antechamber or hallway. The tombs may be covered with an earthen mound (“tumulus”) or rock mound (“cairn”). This wedge tomb at Doorus Demesne (*Diméin Dhúrois) consists of a simple  wedge-shaped chamber, with side-stones, a back-stone and a roof-stone with stone & earth on top of the roof-stone.

VisitGalway - Ballynacloghy Portal Tomb

Ballynacloghy Portal Tomb 

this little-known tomb is now partly collapsed. The tomb consists of a large, rectangular capstone which is leaning heavily against the north portal stone and side-stone and has pushed the south portal stone and side-stone outwards, having slipped into the chamber. There two portal stones are very well matched in terms of their sizes which is often hard to find in tombs.

VisitGalway - Scrahallia Wedge Tomb

Scrahallia Wedge Tomb 

This tomb is very complex and there is a bit of a climb to get to it. The gallery is covered by a single capstone, which is in position. In front of this on the south side is a tall flanking stone. The walls of the gallery are made of small orthostats and both sides utilise chocking stones to level the roof out. There are six evenly spaced stones in the ground which lead across the front of the tomb. This stones may well be stepping stones, placed due to the boggy ground at the front of the tomb.

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Menlough Portal Tomb 

This collapsed tomb is located just 30 metres from the banks of Lough Corrib. The remains consist of the two portal stones and the wall slabs of the gallery. There is no sign of a capstone. The northern wall slab has collapsed into the chamber . The tomb is now very much overgrown in vegetation which may make the tomb tricky to find.

VisitGalway - Marble Hill Wedge Tomb

Marblehill Wedge Tombs 

There are three tombs in Marblehill demesne, one portal tomb and two wedge tombs. The portal tomb is the most northerly of the three sites and is situated on sloping meadow land. It consists of a small ruined chamber. The east and west sides of the chamber each consist of a portal stone and one side-stone but both stones at the east have collapsed inwards. There is a large roof-stone which appears to have slipped somewhat. The wedge tombs are about 250 yards south of the Portal-tomb. One of the tombs has suffered considerable damage but a large amount of structure is present. It consists of the ruins of a long narrow gallery with a short portico at the west, separated from the remainder of the gallery by a high septal stone. Two large displaced roof-stones lie across the middle of the gallery. The most southerly of the three tombs is situated on rolling pasture land and is incorporated in a fence bordering the southern side of a roadway. The tomb is ruined. It consists of the remains of a small short gallery and at the east are two side-stones and a back-stone forming the end of the gallery. Immediately beyond the southern side-stone is a low stone which is probably the base of a third side-stone.

VisitGalway - Leagaun Portal Tomb

Leagaun Portal Tomb 

With a chamber 4m long, 1.5m wide and 1.6m tall this tomb would have been one of the largest portal tombs in Ireland. However, strangely considering the size of the roofless chamber, the portal stones are quite short. There are traces of a cairn, but the spread is not wide enough to indicate that the tomb was ever covered. Some vegetation and overgrowth make the collapsed tomb a little tricky to spot.

VisitGalway - Knockbrack Court Tomb

Knockbrack Court Tomb 

The Knockbrack Court Tomb is located in a beautiful setting overlooking the sea at Sellerna Bay. The tomb consists of a four-metre long gallery, a roof-stone covering the chamber and is held up by a number of small pointed stones, with gaps between them, making the tomb oddly look like a bug of some sorts.

VisitGalway - Knockavally Portal Tomb

Knockavally Portal Tomb

Only three large slabs remain of this once huge portal tomb. It is located high up on a level plateau, north of Clifden. The tomb consists of one erect portal stone at the north, one side-stone on the north side and an enormous capstone which has slipped to the back of the tomb at west. The entire structure is sited on a circular mound or cairn.

VisitGalway - Cregg Wedge Tomb

Cregg Wedge Tomb 

This is a sad little tomb of which just 4 stone stumps protrude from a mound. Just 5 metres to the south of it is a large rocky outcrop which suggests that stones from the tomb may have been used as building material in the past.

VisitGalway - Cregdotia Wedge Tomb

Cregdotia Wedge Tomb 

This tomb is a bit tricky to get to, due to boggy and unsuspecting ground, so bring good boots with you. The cairn has been stripped off the top and the rear chamber has been opened by splitting the roof-stone. The gallery is around 5 metres long. There are two chambers within separated by a jamb on the south side. The forward chamber is pretty full of debris, and the roof-stone is to one side. Over the two door stones there is a very nice lintel stone – still in situ. There is no portico evident. The rear is closed by a single slab and the walls are two large limestone slabs.

VisitGalway - Crannagh Portal Tomb

Crannagh Portal Tomb 

This, well preserved, portal tomb is in a very remote but wonderful setting.  The tomb is a genuine Burren style portal tomb, sitting on a craggy limestone plateau, over 3 metres tall. The capstone rests on three slabs that form the chamber, which is open to the front. Dry-stone walling can still be seen in between the slabs.

VisitGalway - Carrowroe Portal Tomb

Carrowroe Portal & Wedge Tomb

Unfortunately this is a ruinous portal tomb. It sits on a rise and is now incorporated into a field wall. Two stones can be seen in situ – a portal-stone and a side-stone from the chamber. Another stone similar to the latter is leaning against a nearby wall. In addition, there is a nearby wedge tomb, which unfortunately is very, very ruined. A tall stone and a short stone are all that remain upright. They stand on a small bump in the middle of a field, which is presumably what is left of the cairn.

VisitGalway - Cleggan Court Tomb

Cleggan Court Tomb 

This fine court tomb is located on the north banks of Cleggan Bay, which make for a beautiful setting. The tomb consists of a small gallery, 2 orthostats on the south west side, a small ante-chamber and a main chamber covered by a roof-stone. The tomb is supported by two side-stones and two door jambs. The back-stone is now sunken below the surrounding soil. There is some evidence of a cairn but most seems to have been washed away by the sea.

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Moanmore West Stone Circle

The stone circle consists of a 2 metre high, flat topped mound with a bank around its rim, giving it the characteristics of a saucer barrow. However, standing around this ‘rim’ are four 2 metre tall stones set at right angles to the circumference. There are four more that have fallen. All of these stones are identical in height and profile. It is likely that the stones were the guards of an important burial.

VisitGalway - Commons East Stone Circle

Commons East Stone Circle

This small stone circle comprising of seven stones lies in commonage in the townland of Commons East. The tallest of the stones stands to just 1 metre in height. The stone circle is set in marsh bog land with some marsh grass obscuring some of the smaller stones.

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Letterdeen Standing Stone

This small standing stone is located in Streamstown Bay, north of Clifden. The granite stone measures 1.6 metres in height. The stone sits in a beautiful tidal estuary and makes for some nice views.

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Knockawuddy Standing Stone

This granite pillar standing stone now lies recumbent and measures 1.7 metres in height and is cone like in shape. Its original orientation is unknown as it looks to have been disturbed over time.

VisitGalway - Carrowmore Standing Stone

Carrowmore Standing Stone

This standing stone is a short, ovoid stone measuring at about 0.30 metres in height. Certainly a very small standing stone.

VisitGalway - Ardrahan Standing Stone

Ardrahan Standing Stone

Sitting to the rear of the church in Adrahan, is this extremely blatant stone. The stone is quite obviously phallic but despite its appearance on the image, it is only 0.70 metres tall. This stone was is believed to be recently fallen, so you will have to search for it in the ground.

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The Turoe Stone

The Turoe stone is a 1.68 metre high granite stone decorated in Celtic style. It is estimated to date to about the period 100 BC to 100 AD. The stone is now positioned in a covered protective structure on the lawn in front of Turoe House. The Turoe stone is a National Monument of Ireland. The stone was perviously located at a lios (fairy fort) at the Rath of Feerworesome, 3 km from Bullaun, but was moved to the present location at Turoe Farm, in the late 19th century. The stone’s phallic shape has led some researchers to comment that it could have been related to a fertility cult.

VisitGalway - Ballinderry Sheela na Gig

Ballinderry Sheela-na-Gig

This Sheela-na-Gig is carved on the keystone above the main door of the tower house. The figure is accompanied, somewhat unusually, by a marigold, a bird and a rosette. She has two plaits of hair that project out horizontally from her head one of which is in a standard French plait and the other seems a more complicated knot pattern. Both hands pass in front of her body to indicate her groin, but there is no clear vulva. There is something between her played legs which, it has been suggested, may represent menstrual flow. Her navel is visible and she might have a left breast. There is no sign of the right one.

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