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Toberbile Standing Stone
 

County

Antrim

Coordinates

N 55° 10' 10.9"   W 006° 17' 55.0"

Nearest town

Ballycastle

Grid Ref.

D 08469 37162

Map No.

5

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

99

Date of visit

Sunday 24 May 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

8
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The stone while I'm approaching it on the low hill.


The townland is named Toberbile, that is the Irish for "The well of the sacred tree". Apparently this could be the place of one of the many sacred trees of Ireland. But I didn't see any tree around, apart from those that outline the boundaries of the fields.
This standing stone stands in a quiet spot, on a low hill, 130 metres east from the road. It has a triangular shape if looked at along its north-south axis, but it looks much slimmer and regular from the other side.
It's 2.40 metres tall, 1 metre wide at the base and it's 40 centimetres thick. It leans by 7° to the south, and sits in a muddy hollow in the ground. It's likely that sheep rub against it and lower the ground around the stone.
While I was walking away from this stone, I met a man living in the area and he told me that it's wise not to disturb these stones, and there are stories that all those who tried to get rid of them to have a more levelled land didn't lived long enough to see the grass grow again.
If I were a landowner I wouldn't dare them stones!


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