Shrough Dolmen or The Giants Bed
What if I told you that these stones are not just stones, but a portal to another time and place? It is a dolmen, an ancient stone monument that dates back to 3000 BC. A place where our Irish ancestors lived and died, and left behind a legacy of wonder and mystery.
Spend time here and immerse yourself in the cultural and historical significance of this ancient site and feel the spirit of the past, and learn about its secrets and meaning. What were their lives like? What did they believe in? What did they want to tell us? Find out what a Dolmen is here
Footsteps of the ancient
Only a short 20-minute beautiful walk from the cottage, through our farm and countryside. You will feel like you are stepping into history, following the traces of the ancient people. You will be enchanted by the Shrough Dolmen, a mysterious and mystical structure that rises from the landscape.
No-one with an ounce of soul could fail to appreciate just why this spot was chosen, at the crest of Corderry Hill commanding such a view with the glen that opens a thousand feet below.
Like many Dolmens, properly called Portal tombs, this was built on top of a hill, indicating that the builders intended that It to be seen from afar, and admired by all. This passage tomb is one of a kind in Tipperary, and one of the oldest in Ireland.
It has a great location with views of the Harp of Cliu (Sliabh Crotta Cliach) the old name for the Galtee mountains (Cnoc Mór na nGaibhlte), to the south, Tipperary and the Sliabh Phelim hills to the north, Sliabh na mBan and Bansha to the East, Galbally and Sliabh Reagh to the West.
The tomb is pretty big and different in design from the others locally. It may also have had a ritual significance. It is represented by a short oval chamber 1.5 meters long and 1.2m wide which stood near the centre of a low roughly circular mound 30m in maximum dimensions.
The standing stones here are estimated to have been 1.75m high, with the area below the capstone forming an entrance to the chamber. Hence the name – Portal (impressive door way) Tomb. It seems to be on an East – Northeast by West- Southwest axis.
An affectionate name
Its official name is Shrough dolmen but affectionately known to us as The Giants Bed.
A second Dolmen, located on Corderry hill is a little different and is a Wedge Dolmen.
There is another passage tomb just outside Galbally village – 4 miles away