Baltray Standing Stones
The two standing stones at Baltray are located on high ground north of the
Boyne estuary near the sea in Ireland’s Ancient East
The larger of the two stones is 3 metres high,
the other stone is 2 metres high. The smaller stone is on higher ground,
so when viewed from the highest point the stones seem level.
In 1999 a discovery linking the Baltray standing stones, the mid-winter solstice sunrise and
Rockabill Island was made by Anthony Murphy of Mythical
Ireland, artist Richard Moore and photographer Michael Byrne. The flat
side of the larger standing stone points to Rockabill Island about 25km
out to sea at the same angle as Winter Solstice rising sun.
Looking 16km to the south a mast near the megalithic tomb at Fourknocks
is clearly visible.
Location: Baltray, Co. Louth, north of the Boyne estuary beside Baltray Golf Club.
Ordnance Survey map 43
National Grid Reference O 145 782
Latitude N 53°44.440 Longitude W 006°15.950
Baltray Standing Stone in the November noon sun 800 x 600,
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Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433