|Ringfort at Cullomane East
I've been meaning to visit the circle at Cullomane East for some time. It's only up the road and we've probably driven past it loads of times en route for somewhere else. So today is the day to put that right !
We don't head off until the afternoon, but as I said before, it's not that far to go. Out to the R585, take a left at Cullomane Crossroads. Then left up a farm lane and first right up to the farm.
We ask permission at the farmhouse and get the go ahead.
Heading down the small lane, a Hare darts across the field. That's a good start ! Two stones of the circle soon comes into view on the right. Then it appears in all it's glory. A five stone circle, with all five stones still standing. A boundary hedge has been built and incorporates two of the stones and some pebbles from the field clearance fill the middle. Apart from that, it is a perfect little circle. Aligned NW-SE and according to Jack Roberts,has an orientation of 220 degrees for the Winter Solstice.
|Cullomane Stone Circle
|Cullomane Stone Circle
In the field above, some 60 metres to the North East is a curiously shaped outlier. Now unfortunately fallen, it stood over a metre high.
|Fallen Stone at Cullomane East
|Standing Stone Cullomane East
Carrying on to the end of the field and through the gate. Just off to the right, there are more standing stones, the remains of a radial cairn and a wonderful large pure quartz Boulder Burial.
It's quite a confusing site. The area became a cult area for St Colman (who gave his name to the Townland) and annual pilgrimages were held on Beltaine. There is a holy well here dedicated to him.
In the next field, a number of small cairns form part of the penitential stations of the pilgimage. This is probably how the radial cairn got damaged, as pebbles were carried and piled onto the smaller cairns.
The Quartz Boulder Burial is just simply beautiful ! Two support stones are just visible. It just beams at you !
|Quartz Boulder Burial
|Radial Cairn and Boulder Burial
The small Cillin is situated to the left against the hedgerow. Ivy wrapped Hawthorn trees grow inside and coconut scent from the golden yellow Gorse blossom fills the air.
On the otherside of the field, sits the small Ringfort which would have looked over the whole site in days gone by.
|Cillin at Cullomane East
While we're in this neck of the woods, we might as well carry on up the road and have a look in on Trawlebane Stone Circle. It's another one that we pass by a lot and never stop at. Though that's mainly due to the fact that it's a bit overgrown !
So we drive up, through Baurgorm Townland and round past the O'Neil monument in Trawlebane/Trollibane/Trolibawn.... there seem to be umpteen ways of spelling it !
We park up in a gateway just past the circle and walk back down the road. The field gate is open, so we go in and head over to the mass of brambles that cover this poor old circle.
When you get close up, you can make out all of the stones. They are all still standing and in good condition, but the interior has been filled with stones and boulders from the field. This and the fact that it's in severe need of a haircut make it difficult to truly appreciate what is undoubtedly a fine circle.
|Trawlebane Stone Circle
|Trawlebane Stone Circle.... it's in there somewhere !
|under the bridge