Another drizzly start to the day, but the forecast is to brighten up, so I take the chance and head off up towards Glanbrack (An Gleann Breac - the speckled Glen), which is a little North of Reenascreena.
This area is rich in megalithic remains - all of which seem to focus on the hill called Carrigfadda (An Charraig Fhada - long rock), which although only 311m (1022 ft) asl, dominates the local area.
The route to Glanbrack takes me past Maulatanvally stone circle then taking the next right and following the lane past a right hand turn and a house on the left, just beyond of which is a small layby by some forestry. Back a few yards on the opposite side of the road is a gate leading to a track. Follow the track up (which is quite overgown in places) This will eventually lead to Glanbrack circle in a field to the right. Accompanying the circle is also a Stone Pair. This small alignment is set NE-SW and is around 3.5m from the circle. Both stones are of a similar size - around 1m in height.
Carrying on along the lane there is a left hand turning which leads to a small crossroads. Going across here leads to Knockawaddra (Cnoc an Mhadra - hill of the dog) Townland.
After a few sharp bends, there is a farmhouse. Luckily a lady is outside gardening and I ask permission to go to visit the two stone rows on the farm.
Permission granted - I head off down the farm track until I come across the first Stone Pair.
Aligned ENE-WSW they are of a similar size. The larger SW stone is 1.55m x 1m x 0.6m. The NE stone 1.2m x 0.8m x 0.5m.
|Fallen stone ?|
One more stop before heading home - Ahagilla or Bealad Stone Circle.
This circle is in a miserable state. Three stones survive, some of the rest are just dumped along with a whole load of field clearance stones, in the middle. It's difficult to work out how many stones there were originally. Not much more you can say really !