Timoney Standing Stones, County Tipperary

On top of a hill, in a labyrinth of lanes, stand some 300 stones. All about 3ft high and seemingly scattered at random, their origin and significance are a mystery. Many explanations have been put forward – Bronze Age rituals, druidical ceremonies, even medieval follies – but no convincing explanation has stuck. Perhaps they mark the places where warriors fell in some long-forgotten battle.

The Timoney Standing Stones are a real hidden gem that are worth a visit on your tours of Ireland.