Knockmany Forest Anyas Tomb Trail
Knockmany Forest is a collection of woodlands that lies within four miles of Augher. The woodlands are conifer and broadleaved stands.
Distance 0.9 miles
OS Map Sheet 46
Terrain Gravel path with some steep sections.
Nearest Town Augher
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference H 53945 54727
Route Type Forest, Woodland
There are several way-marked trails throughout the forest. The trails range from low-level multi-use trails just over 1km to 4km higher climbs to the view point and Anya’s Tomb.
Red squirrels & deer are often seen within the forest, keep an eye out for these quick spirited natives.
Anya’s Tomb is an interesting site located within the forest 700 ft above sea level. The views of the Clogher Valley are stunning. The tomb dates back thousands of years as the designs carved on 3 of it’s 12 huge upright stones are broadly similar to those at Newgrange and Lough Crew. These include spirals, cup-marks, serpentines, and concentric circles which could date back to 3000BC during the Neolithic period. The upright stones vary in height between 3 to 7 feet and the mound is 82 ft in diameter.
This national monument is now under state protection and was covered in 1959 by the Department of the Environment to stop further destruction and vandalism of the site.
In Irish mythology, this was the home place of both the giant Finn McCool and his wife Oonagh who reputedly defeated the bad giant Cucullin at this location! From here Finn McCool walked to the Bushmills to build a causeway to Scotland to fight Benandonner.
Access to the forest car park is via the B83 Knockmany Road, about four miles from Augher.
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Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads
Parking, toilets & picnic tables on site.