Rathfran

Stone Circle

On a small hill one kilometre north of Rathfran Friary lie two stone circles, the first of these circles pictured below, consists of thirteen boulders of various shapes and sizes, and is approximately fifteen metres in diameter. When I approached the circle it was quite dull and cloudy, as can be seen from the pics, but before I had left the sun had come out and the circle suddenly appeared to come alive. The location offers scenic views toward the Nephin mountain range, see images below.



To the south of the main circle lies a low oval mound. It was once described as having nine stones embedded in the mound. It has the appearance of a disturbed circle with some of the stones scattered on the mound, see image below. Some of these stones maybe field clearance, but it is impossible to know. It is well worth visiting this site for the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Situated: From Ballina go north through Killala, take a right after Palmerstown bridge. Take a right at the first crossroads, 600ms the road takes a sharp left, about 300 metres after the bend take the lane on your left, go to the top, the circles are through the gate on the left.

Discovery Map 24: G 1916 3349. Last visit April 2004.

Longitude: 9° 14' 24" W

Latitude: 54° 14' 38" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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