Exploring Waterford's Ancient Monuments

List of Monuments

Dunhill

Dunhill

On an east facing slope overlooking the Annestown Stream, this portal tomb (which could possibly be classified as a "Boulder Dolmen") is totally dominated by its large bulbous capstone which rests on one orthostat and a pile of small stones. It doesn’t have the typical Dolmen like profile of other portal tombs, but nonetheless is quite...

Garranmillon Lower

Garranmillon Lower

Another of Waterford’s Stone Pairs can be found at Garranmillon Lower where there are two standing stones which both bear Ogham inscriptions. As you approach the site they stand out on the skyline in a splendid location with the backdrop of the Monavullagh Mountains beyond and located just 20 metres north of an old rectangular church...

Garranturton

Garranturton

Situated on a gentle East facing slope, this is quite an impressive stone, standing at 1.6 metres tall, measuring 0.8 metres wide and with a curved rounded top. At first sight the stone appears to have a cupmark, but on closer examination this is seen as naturally formed, with the whole surface of the stone having a number of similar small...

Gaulstown - Cist

Gaulstown - Cist

Cists ( pronounced ‘Kists’) were an early type of grave used for mainly Bronze Age burials where a box-like structure of stone slabs was set into the ground and covered by a single capstone. The Gaulstown Cist (foreground of photo above) has a roofstone which measures 2.2 metres long and 1.7 metres wide. It’s located just 8 metres from...

Gaulstown - Portal Tomb

Gaulstown - Portal Tomb

Gaulstown portal tomb is one of the most impressive monuments in the county and also ranks among the finest Dolmens in Ireland. Situated at the foot of what's known locally as "Cnoc an Chaillighe"', (The hill of the Hag") it stands in a small shaded enclosure. Facing SE into a hillside, the structure consists of two east-facing portal stones...

Gibbet Hill

Gibbet Hill

This heavily pebbled conglomerate standing stone sits on the crest of a small hill at the entrance to a modern housing estate in Waterford City. Stocky in profile, it measures 1.4 metres in height and is 1.2 metres wide at its base. The stone is oriented in a N-S direction.   Directions: Enter Waterford City from the north via Rice Bridge....

Glennafallia - Cairn

Glennafallia - Cairn

Glennafallia cairn is located just inside the border with county Tipperary and on the summit of Knocknafallia which is part of the Knockmealdown mountain range This remote mountain top monument at an altitude of 660 meters (2,165 feet), is among Waterford’s most westerly cairns and also one of its most unique. The prehistoric stone pile here...

Glennaphuca

Glennaphuca

From a distance this standing stone appears larger than its dimensions. This is probably due its broad crested top which is just over 1 metre wide. The stone itself, which is a conglomerate, measures 1.6 meters in height and is oriented N-S. It is easily accessible along a farm path which leads up to the field where it stands under the backdrop...

Glenpatrick

Glenpatrick

On the summit of the Shauneenabreaga mountain this cairn has a windbreak and a pyramid of stones built on top of it. The cairn, which is known locally as one of the "seven sisters" (a series of rocky peaks in the area) measures 11 metres in diameter. From the summit at 547 metres ( 1794 feet),  the views are really commanding, and on a clear...

Glenwilliam

Glenwilliam

Easily visible from the roadside, this standing stone in the corner of a field is located at a road junction in the Ring Gaeltacht area of the county about 6km north east of Ardmore. Leaning at an angle, it stands 1.55 meters tall. It has an irregular profile and is oriented in a NE-SW direction.      View looking...

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