10. The Giant’s Sconce

9. Garvagh Pyramid
6th March 2023
11. Glentaisie
7th March 2023

10. The Giant’s Sconce

Image courtesy of Binevenagh and Coastal Lowlands Partnership Scheme

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6th March 2023

The Giant’s Sconce, on Sconce Hill, with extensive views in all directions was the ideal location for a hilltop fort.

The oval Iron Age hilltop fort, 50m by 30m, with walls between 5m and 8m thick, is thought to be the ancient fortress of Dun Ceithirn – Ceithern’s Fort.

Ceithern was a descendant of Niall of the Nine Hostages, the legendary High King of Ireland. The Ulster Cycle, a medieval collection of Irish legends, refers to the fort as a royal site.



The Giant’s Sconce is located in Springwell Forest. From Coleraine take the A2 Castlerock Road. Turn left onto Kings Road then right onto the Carthall Road. After about 400m go straight across the roundabout and continue along the B201 Windyhill Road for approx. 7.25km. There is a forest track on your right with space to park one or two cars (55.1054, -6.7946).

Co-ordinates: 55.1079, -6.7911


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This project is receiving financial support via the District Council Good Relations Programme.