Beautiful early evening light was the perfect backdrop for a visit to the unique Castleruddery Stone Circle. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that although the site is seen as a stone circle it is more correctly categorised as one of the rarest megalithic monuments, a henge or embanked enclosure. Constructed around 2500BC, the site consists of an earthen bank 30 metres in diameter lined on its interior with 29 standing stones and boulders. The south-east facing entrance is very easy to make out as it is flanked by two massive quartz stone boulders. The whole site is surrounded again by a 60 metre circular ditch only really visible from the air. Nearby the ruins of a 12th century Anglo-Norman Motte and possibly a Bailey has been discovered, showing the prominence this area held over thousands of years. This is probably due to the fact that the site is situated on a natural gentle slope overlooking the River Slaney 250 metres to the south.
GPS: 52.99141, -6.6367