Standing Stone/Gallan

Bere Island Standing Stone
Helen Riddell
Bere Island Standing Stone
Helen Riddell

The Bere Island standing stone or Gallan is said to mark the exact centre of the island, standing at the midpoint of the longest axis of the island, and the midpoint of the minor axis.  The stone which is 3m in height is  located in the townland of Greenane in a place known locally as Ard na Gaoithe (windy height).


Legend has it that a giant on the mainland threw a stone at the Cailleach Beara/The Old Hag of Beara but it missed her and landed on Bere Island.  Local folklore claimed that at one time there was Ogham inscription on the stone however no trace is visible today.

Accounts in the schools folklore collection say the stone marks the place where a chief or leader was killed in battle, another recount says that around twenty liss can be seen from this point on the island.

The stone is part of the Beara Way walking loop on Bere Island and can be easily accessed.

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