View from the Ráth
You are now alongside the site of an ancient Rath known as ‘An Ráth Ard’. Half of the Rath has been removed by the creation of the field in which you are standing and the other half remains to the west. Superstition would say the Raths should be left alone for fear of displeasing the otherworld, so who knows what misfortune fell upon the people who damaged this one.
On a clear day there are wonderful views from this area. To the east across the lower wood there is the unmistakable shape of ‘Sliabh Mis’ or Slemish, the mountain on which Saint Patrick is said to have been kept as a slave tending pigs. Further north and east the large wind turbines are on the Antrim Hills around Loughgiel. In the far south east you can see ‘Sliabh Crúibe’, Slieve Croob in Co Down.
The large mountain in the south is “Sliabh gCallann” or “Slieve Gallion” which is close to Cookstown and of course the mountain dominating the western view is Carn Tóchair (Carntogher).