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“Well Worth a Visit”

Reviewed 23 September 2014

The Castlestrange stone is a bit of a mystery - the purpose behind it is unknown, which makes it that bit more interesting. Well worth a view and very interesting to see. It is great that it is sitting out in the open like it was meant to.

It would be great if the stables on the site were developed as some sort of tearooms /visitor centre.
The stone is found along the Suck Valley Way so it is a real treat to stumble across this when you are out walking/hiking.

We also made friends with the horse and foal that were hanging out beside the stone. The Castlestrange estate is quite beautiful as well.

2  Thank DavidHabsburg
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

We had trouble finding this place, however in our quest we ended up following a Suck (sook) Valley Trail. If you are having trouble finding this place. The first poster had excellent directions, but lacked distance, so you might find yourself unsure if you have gone far enough, the co-ordinates are: N53.58556 W8.27003.

From Athleague you follow the R632 NNW for roughly 2 km when the split in the road happens and you follow right onto Belannacarrow. After about half a kilometer you cross the river Suck with the stone bridge the first poster talked about. There is a sign that shows you have to drive into the private road to see the stone. The drive is called Castlesledge and came up on our gps system, but not on google maps. Its better to leave your car at the gate and walk to the stone.

The more famous of the three surviving stones is to be found on your way from Athlone to Galway on the M6. The Turoe Stone can be found when taking the N65 that goes to Loughrea.

I hope this helped, we had an excellent adventure on the Suck Valley Trail trying to get to the stone, but if you really want to see it and you are losing hope in finding it, it can be done!

3  Thank Tascha2
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

Follow directions provided by earlier reviewer. When you see the ruins of Castlestrange you know you are there; park at the gate and walk up to it. There is a picnic table beside it perfect location for one. I am glad it is available for tourists and visitors to see, for free, and not moved to a museum. Truly wondrous, what is it? why is it there? Seems to be on route for mapped walks as lots of markers for routes nearby. Thanks to the owner of the property for facilitating visitors, if there was a donation box I would have made one.

3  Thank Dozens
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

Finding the stone can be a bit daunting, but if you take R362 northwest from Athleague and turn right on the first L road as you leave town, cross a stone bridge, and you will see a very sharp turn to the right. Do not turn but take the private drive directly in front of you. Please drive slowly and in about 100 yards, you will see the stone on your right.
Castlestrange is an example of Celtic style carving known as La Tene which dates from 250BC. It sits on the edge of a farmer's field on private land. The owner has been very accommodating in fencing the stone to keep it from his livestock. The stone has open access next to his drive and a picnic table has been placed there for those who would like to snack as they gaze at the stone's beauty- very peaceful and serene.
Unfortunately, my photos taken on a sunny day do not do it justice.

4  Thank Niamhaine
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