Shantemon Stone Row

AKA Finn McCools Fingers

What a great location, situated on the northern side of Shantemon hill the alignment was hidden in a conifer plantation up until recently, now that most of the trees have been cleared on this side of the hill we are now rewarded with some splendid views of County Cavan. The row is aligned along a NE-SW axis and is about 16 metres long, consisting of four large bulky standing stones, the largest is almost 2 metres high with a fallen small boulder at the NE end of the row. The row stands on a small plateau about 180 metres up the hill not too far from the top. The best way to approach is from a small road running along the northern side of the hill.

Looking along the row from SW.

From the NE

Situated: On the Northern side of Shantemon Hill, County Cavan. From Cavan Town take the R188 north then take the first right at Drumalee, then take a left at the next crossroads, this is a narrow winding road that takes you 3 1/2 kilometres up to the side of Shantemon hill. Do not follow the first sign for "Finn McCool's Fingers" but park at the second sign "the Finger Stones" From here take the forest trail, after approx 350 metres there is a smaller trail to your right walk up this track to the alignment.

Discovery Map 34: H 4661 0779. Last visit April 2007.

Longitude: 7° 17' 20" W

Latitude: 54° 1' 2" N

Google Map.

Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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