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Beltany Stone Circle
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 54° 51' 01.5"   W 007° 36' 16.9"

Nearest town

Raphoe

Grid Ref.

C 25443 00367

Map No.

6

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

102

Date of visit

Tuesday 26 May 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

4
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The largest stone of the circle is at 250°, it's 2.37 metres in height.


We came here for the first time on May 3rd, 1997, so after 12 years it was quite time to make a second visit.
We parked the car and walked for 310 metres west to the turnstile and then for 120 metres southwest in the field to the circle.
This stone circle is absolutely amazing, it's huge and perfect!
Its diameter is 43 metres on the southeast to northwest axis, it is made by 66 upright stones and a certain number of fallen or buried stones. The tallest stone is at 250° and it's 2.37 metres tall, the stone at north is 2.40 metres wide, the stone at 60° is 1.55 metres tall, the one at 100° is 1.80 metres tall, the one at 120° is 2.05 metres tall.
One of the stones has a triangular shape and is decorated with several cupmarks.
Twenty metres southeast from the boundary of the circle is a standing stone that is 2.10 metres tall.
The weather was perfect, but the wind was a little too strong. When we got here we were lonely, but after some minutes many other people came over. Luckily I already had taken all the photos and the measurements.


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