Gleanncholmcille

The Place of the Knees

Station 3 is a small ovoid 2.90 by 2.16 metre cairn. There is a flat stone pictured right, with a rounded stone on top, possibly a curing or cursing stone. There were originally three of these round stones. The pilgrim would pass the stones around his body three times whilst invoking the Holy Trinity. Also close to the cairn is a depression in the ground where the pilgrim would kneel -Ait na nGun, place of the knees. Due to the long grass we were unable to locate this depression, but hopefully on our next visit we will get to see it..

Situated: To get to this station you need to continue walking west away from station 2. Then take the first right turn towards Beefan. After about 900 metres you will come to a fork in the road. St Colmcille's Chapel is signposted left. Take the right fork and walk 150 metres along the track, Station 3 is situated in the field on your left. There is a metal gate for access.

Discovery Map 10. G 5244 8551. Last visit Sept 2010.

Longitude: 8° 44' 17" W

Latitude: 54° 42' 55" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

Looking southeast

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