The Cloughmore Stone, also known as “The Big Stone” is a huge rock located above the village of Rostrevor in County Down in Northern Ireland. Only made of granite, this rock is one of the curiosities of the region!
The Cloughmore Stone is quite impressive! Its granite mass is estimated at over 50 tons!
According to geologists, it is the result of a displacement of a rock from the Ice Age. It would have been transported naturally from Scotland to the County of Down.
Legend has it that the Irish have a very different version. Local legend has it that the stone was thrown from the Cooley Mountains on the other side of Carlingford Lough by the giant Fionn mac Cumhaill.
Traditionally, the rock is the subject of a small ceremony: most of the inhabitants of the village of Rostrevor gather there at Easter, and take the opportunity to hurl their eggs down from the top of the hill where the rock is located.
Anyway, the visit of the rock is free and rather nice!