Archaeological Sites, Stone Circle and Stone Alignment
Stone Circle Complex Radial stone enclosure and stone alignment
dating from the Bronze Age.
They stand as monuments to some early human activity within the bounds of the
Contemplate the community that so long ago, helped shape the
landscape and left such durable structures perhaps reflecting
their sophisticated intimacy with the living world that can
seem so remote to us in the present day.
Remnants of the Ice Age
These Rocks are 'Glacial Erratic's' of Chloritic Red Sandstone
left by the flow of ice and rock up to 10,000 years ago.
You will note that Lichens of
different forms and colours adorn the surface of these
dominating boulders. Also known as Epiphytes,
clinging precariously to their chosen substrate' they
are the fascinating product of a symbiotic relationship
between a 'fungi' and an 'algae' . The 'fungi' provides
the durable structure of the organism, and the 'algae'
manufactures food using sunlight as its energy. Their
diversity and extent here is an indicator of pure and
Twenty three varieties have been identified so far in
the park - 'parmelia' being the dominant species on these
boulders. Lichens are particularly slow-growing and
they can also be found on sandy banks and on older timber
and stone fences.
The Bronze Age people shrewdly selected a site containing
stone, timber and water, all necessary for their cooking
process. An interpretive board just across the road from
the site explains the working of a Fullaght Fiadh.
Originally presumed to be a stone circle, but further
investigation has suggested it is a more recent dwelling
place for shepherds. Our Shepards Hut remains undated and although
not as ancient as our circle complex it may be of considerable
The Hedge School was situated on the lee side of the large
rock facing you. Travelling teachers could only afford
to teach those pupils who could pay! In Penal Times all
schools were outlawed