Exploring Waterford's Ancient Monuments

Guide to Waterford Monuments



Standing Stones


Standing Stones were a convenient form of early monument as no foundation was required, just some smaller packing stones needed to secure and maintain their upright position through the ages.

What they may have represented is unclear. Some are thought to have been markers of ancient routes through the land, meeting places or perhaps territory indicators set down by the earliest farmers. Through excavation, a number are known to have been memorials or grave markers as evidence of burials have been discovered at their base. Others, in more modern times have quite simply been erected as scratching stones for livestock which unfortunately adds a bit to the confusion as to the authenticity of some stones.

A few may have been shaped and sculptured to resemble figures while others can be found with an early form of rock art called a ‘cupmark’ an example of which can be seen at Kilmovee.

In Waterford, standing stones are most numerous in the east of the county and are sometimes found near mounds, Ringforts or occasionally in the vicinity of Portal Tombs. They can also be encountered close to early church sites.








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Ballyquin Portal Tomb

A delightfully situated monument

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Tallest Stone


Waterford's  tallest standing stone is  located 5 km from Tramore. The impressive stone measures 3.7m in height. See it  Here


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