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this is the prehistoric ‘giants ring’ only four miles from the centre of belfast. it is still immensely impressive consisting of a sub-circular enclosure, 200m across defined by a 4m high grass-covered bank with a top flattened by generations of sunday strollers.

it is a beautiful example of a 'henge' monument, built in about 2700BC at the end of the neolithic or the beginning of the bronze age around an earlier neolithic passage grave.

similar monuments are found elsewhere in britain and ireland, but this is one of the finest. in the middle is a ‘dolmen’, a tomb made up of five upright stones and a large capstone. most of the grave's massive stones are still in position, though one of the roofing slabs has slipped and the original covering mound has been removed.

to be so close to belfast, it is a very tranquil and atmospheric place, where the only sounds are from singing birds and the odd plane overhead.

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