'Cloughananca' : Portal Tomb

TownlandBallyvennaght
CountyAntrim
Grid RefD 200 368
GPSD 19985 36756 (3m)
Longitude6° 7' 1.57" W
Latitude55° 9' 48.21" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCushendun (6.4 Km)
OS Sheet5
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th July 2003

This is the site that Ballyvennaght townland is known for and what a beauty it is!

This place really is special and a real pig to find. No one is quite sure who found it, but it now stands in a hollow dug into the peat. It would appear that the capstone of the still-standing tomb must have protruded through the top of the peat.

Anyway. There are two portal tombs here set at opposite ends of a long cairn (now vanished). The larger of the two has collapsed flat - the capstone now sitting on the flattened structure that once supported it. Interestingly, this seems to have collapsed before the peat covered it over. Likewise, if a cairn ever existed over it, then it too had been robbed away before the peat developed. Because these two tombs are so sculptural I am tempted to think that the cairn never actually did cover them.

The still-standing one is a real cutie and although it is the smaller one it is still a fair size. A lovely half-height doorstone stands between the two well-matched portal stones and one of the side stones of the chamber is missing.

To reach it you need to enter Ballypatrick Forest Drive (2.50) and park immediately. Walk along the road until you come to a gate, where you can see a concrete hut. Walk to this (across a ford) and then follow the fence up the hill to the right alongside the forestry plantation. When you reach the top jump the fence and turn right. Walk for about 300m to the right along the fence and then 100m towards that great big mountain across the bog. You will see the capstone poking out above the peat. Needless to say this is not the way I reached it (I never go the easy way!), but it was the way I came back.

If you are anywhere near this site then make the effort to find it. You'll not regret it!

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Sunday, 2nd March 2008

The main reason for me being close to these portal tombs was because I wanted to visit the standing stone nearby. Obviously I couldn't resist the chance to see these again.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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