These examples of rock art are likely the oldest artefacts on the site, dating to between four and five thousand years ago.
There is also a cross-inscribed slab, possibly indicating an Early Medieval use of the site for ecclesiastical purposes.
The stone fort itself may have been a relatively recent period of occupation, marking it as the fortified residence of a high-status individual about a thousand years ago.
Boyle felt it may even have been used for look-out and defensive purposes in the seventeenth century.
The large original footprint has ensured an abundance of space, proportions are generous with a focus on entertaining and privacy, there are 2 large reception rooms and a conservatory.
All the bedrooms are on the first floor, they are all double room, the huge master bedroom has a balcony off.
But Boyle was up there, looking down on us, and at the last minute the clouds parted and there was the sun, exactly where he said it would be, angling slowly down to the fort.
For the non-Irish speakers out there, it’s not pronounced bell-tane, but byowl (to rhyme with owl, the bird) – tinnuh – Byowltinnuh.
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But the fallen galláns, known locally as the Giant’s Grave, also have cupmarks, tying them to the rock art tradition. Boyle counted 19 and the National Monuments record has it as 12, showing how difficult it can be to accurately identify man-made marks on a rough and heavily-lichened surface.
While Boyle described this monument as two fallen galláns, it is unclear whether the placement of the two stones, one on top of the other, is accidental or deliberate.