Derrynablaha Standing Stone, Kerry, Ireland

The area of Derrynablaha and Derreeny situated along the Ballaghbeama Gap in County Kerry is an area rich in rock art, with local sandstone decorated with cupmarks, rings and grooves dotting the peatland. Meandering your way across the boggy land its easy to let your mind wander and wonder about how many more prehistoric monuments are lying untouched under the peat and sodden earth. This monument is recorded as a standing stone but many visitors have recorded two other sunken stones nearby which may indicate a stone row, we may never know but from my visit is a distinct possibility. There are two stones that feature in my photos that may form this alignment, and perhaps if the grass was cut back it would be easier to ascertain. The standing stone that is visible is located on the lower slopes of Knockaunanattin, at the head of the Kealduff River valley on the Iveragh Penunsula. It measures 1.55 metres in height and 1 metre by 0.5m at its base. Due to its proximity to the road this standing stone is a nice stop off while driving through the stunning Ballaghbeama Gap.

GPS: 51.935822, -9.794295

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