Gleann Cholm Cille/Glencolmcille

Turas station 2

Station 2 can clearly be seen standing majestically atop a small rocky outcrop 100 m west of Station 1. The approximately 1.85 m tall schist pillar stone is beautifully decorated on both sides. The eastern side bares rectilinear patterns while the western side patterns are slightly more freeform. At the base of the pillar stone are the remains of a Leacht, a dry stone altar. The prominence of this outcrop suggests it may have been a sacred place to pagans; see Farranmacbride court tomb. It was probably Christianised with the addition of this pillar stone. The Glencolumbkille valley is named after St Columba who is said to have built a monastery here. There is evidence of an early circular enclosure in the graveyard at St Columba's Church, this could have been ecclesiastic or even a cashel. Saint Columba, also known as Colum Cille (Old Irish), meaning "Dove of the Church"), was born on 7th December 521 in Gartan, County Donegal and died on the 9th June 597 AD.

To get to the next stations you need to continue walking west away from the church and then take the first right turn towards Beefan. After about 900 metres you will come to a fork in the road. Take the right fork for Station 3

West face

East face

Situated: As you enter Glenn Cholm Cille you will see the spire of St Columba's Church. From the R263 take the first right and follow the road to a T-Junction. Turn left and drive/walk down to the church on your right. Station 2 stands on a rocky outcrop 100 metres beyond the church.

Discovery Map 10 G 5329 8499. Last visit Jun 2010.

Longitude: 8° 43' 29" W

Latitude: 54° 42' 39" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

Looking east

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