stone stands near one of the westernmost points of Ireland
Just over 180m (200 yds) SE of the coastguard station at Ballycrovane's harbour, on the Beara peninsula, lies
this impressive standing stone. This stone, 5.2m (17ft) high, looks almost like a piece of modern sculpture.
The purpose of standing stones is as enigmatic as that of stone circles; some suggest that they
may have marked burials, others explain them as markers along prehistoric trackways. The
Ballycrovane standing stone was perhaps erected to mark one of the westernmost points of
An Ogham inscription, added at a much later date, reads MAQI-DECCEDDAS AVI
TURANIAS ('Of the son of Deich descendant of Torainn').