Located in a field outside Carndonagh is a Standing Stone that is visible from the main R240 road.
For years I’ve travelled this road but it was only until recently that I spotted this Standing Stone as I whizzed past in the car going towards Carndonagh.
This Standing Stone sits at the back of a farmers field and unfortunately for me at the time it contained livestock so I didn’t bother jumping the fence for a closer look.
A close-up of the stone shows that its rectangular in shape and looks like it may have been carved, or at least had its edges cut. Its not the usual shape of most of the Standing Stones I’ve ever seen, the large boulders stood-up right and without sharp edges, like the ones at Beltany Stone Circle.
Possible Standing Stone with Ogham?
An even closer look and you can see markings as if someone attempted to smooth the edge. Unfortunately I never got a view of the other side so I’m unsure if these markings appear anywhere else on the stone.
Without knowing more about this Standing Stone I wouldn’t dare suggest these markings are actually from the ogham alphabet but it does look very similar.
Its believed Standing Stones were inscribed with personal names or to mark land ownership using the ogham alphabet.
What I find interesting about this Standing Stone is that I cannot, for the life of me, find any reference to it. Its not marked on any maps that I’ve checked and its not mentioned in any of the prehistoric site lists that I’ve read.
I’m starting to believe this stone is actually from more recent times. Its not unusual for landowners to place a Standing Stone on their land and some even inscribe their name using ogham keeping an ancient Irish tradition alive.
How to find this unknown Standing Stone
The Standing Stone is not exactly in Carndonagh and Google Maps shows its approximately halfway from Glentogher to Carndonagh on the R240 from Quigley’s Point. Its located on the right hand side as you approach Carndonagh, the field is between a small farm road on the right and a large house on the left.
I’m sure this isn’t the Glentogher Standing Stone, so what is it?