The Earl’s Chair is an interesting site near one of the entrances to the infamous Derrybrien Wind Farm. This chair like rock formation was used by the local “gentry” as a resting spot when they were hunting in the mountain (hence the name) but the site may also be one of the earliest coronation sites in Connacht.

I went there via the first entrance to the windfarm off the Black Road when coming from the Derrybrien direction. I followed this path and the veered off through the mountain and into a bit of Sitka Spruce plantation where the chair is situated. It was rough going but I eventually came across a small track that leads to the chair.

The Earl's Chair The Earl's Chair The Earl's Chair The Earl's Chair

I followed this track back to the windmills, it was much easier than the way I went in and I had lovely views of East Galway behind me. View on the Way to the Chair On the Way Out

I wasn’t the only visitor. Deer Track

On the way down I had lovely views of Lough Derg, Moyglass Lake, and around the Sliabh Aughties. View on the Way Down Moyglass Lake and Lough Derg

I even came across a May Bush (I think that’s what it is anyway). May Bush

On the way out I was given a reminder of the state of the world. Social Distancing

Map

Links

Caher na Earle (The Earl’s Chair) - James Charles Roy 2000
Video by Martin Fahy https://www.duchas.ie/en/cbes/4583348/4581848/4606049