There is some debate as to whether this is a genuine standing stone, or a mid- to late-19th century adornment. It stands amongst tall trees beside the gates to Balnakeilly House, and certainly looks real.
It has been suggested that tool marks found on the stone mean it is likely to be modern, although having seen similar marks on undoubtedly ancient stones, I don’t buy this theory. It’s position makes it unlikely to have been erected in the 19th century, hidden as it is from the road by the trees, and tucked in behind the gate post.
I certainly believe this is the real deal.
Height – 2.44m tall.
OS Map for Balnakeilly
OS Explorer map 386/OL49
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