Isle of Albion
Photographed: Sunday 2nd September 2007
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Ardrah is a row of four stones. The tallest of the stones is to the south west, and rises to 3 metres. The adjacent stones are 0.9 metres, 1.35 metres and 0.9 metres respectively.

Access to these stones is through the farmyard, and sturdy, waterproof footwear is advisable. A lane leads up towards a second ruined farm, and the area immediately in front of this appears prone to flooding. Passing round the back of this building, a couple of metal gates provide access to the fields beyond, and the stone row is immediately visible. The surrounding land is marshy and again, decent footwear may be required if you wish to approach the stones in inclement weather.

What's striking about many of these Irish sites is how little-known they are. Unlike their British counterparts, these monuments aren't on well-worn tracks. They aren't extensively documented, mapped and commented upon, and they're invariably a struggle to find. Visiting such sites is always an adventure (or a pilgrimage), and finding them is an accomplishment that lends its own magic to the experience.

Ardrah is crouched in rush-like grass against a dramatic backdrop of distant mountains. The overall impression is wild and untamed, and the alignment feels naturally at home in such a setting. Bathed in the golden light of the late evening, the stones prompted a sense of humble introspection and contemplation of their antiquity. This is a timeless site in a timeless landscape, and very much worth seeking out.