Tievebulliagh (from Irish: Taobh Builleach) is a 554-metre-high (1,818 ft) mountain in the Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland. It forms part of the watershed between Glenaan to the north and Glenballyemon to the south. It is situated about 4.4 km from Cushendall.[1]

Tievebulliagh (Taobh Builleach)
Tievebulliagh, May 2007. Fragments of porcellanite can be seen among the dolerite in the scree.
Highest point
Elevation554 m (1,818 ft)
Prominencec. 52 m
LocationCounty Antrim, Northern Ireland
Parent rangeAntrim Plateau, Glens of Antrim
OSI/OSNI gridD193268
Topo mapOSNI Discoverer D5


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Porcellanite layer is the black rock above the hammer, and below the brown layer higher up the slope at Tievebulliagh

Tievebulliagh is formed from a volcanic plug, the intense heat generated by molten basalt has given rise to the formation of a durable flint, porcellanite, which is found at the foot of the eastern scree slope of the mountain.[2] Three small outcrops of porcellanite can be seen on the higher south-east slope.[1]


The Malone hoard of polished axes made from material from Tievebulliagh or Rathlin Island
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view of the hillocks at the base of the mountain
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View from the peak of the mountain
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An array of Neolithic artifacts, including bracelets, axe heads, chisels, and polishing tools.

Evidence has been discovered of a Neolithic axe quarry at the foot of Tievebulliagh.[3] Flint axe heads fashioned from porcellanite that originate from this quarry have been found across the British Isles, from the Outer Hebrides to the south coast of England and across the rest of Ireland.[4] The site compares with the Langdale axe industry based in the English Lake District and the quarries at Penmaenmawr in North Wales, where large numbers of stone axes were manufactured.

Flakes, rejects and part-finished axes have been found round the hill and peak. It was here that the axes were roughed out before being finished at the sea shore. They were then exported as far afield as south-west Ireland, south-east England and north-east Scotland. No finished axes have been found at the site itself.[1]

The "Malone Hoard", consisting of 19 polished stone axes from porcellanite Tievebulliagh or similar material from Brockley on Rathlin Island, was found at Danesfort house, on the Malone Road, Belfast. Some of the axes were inserted upright in the ground. The axes may be too big and heavy for practical use, so perhaps were meant to be used for ceremonial purposes. They are currently held in the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

There is a Bronze Age cairn on the mountain top. The round cairn and Neolithic axe factory on Tievebulliagh are Scheduled Historic Monuments sited in the townland of Cloghs, in Moyle District Council area, at grid ref: area of D193 266.[5] There are numerous neolithic and bronze age monuments in the vicinity in County Antrim, and include stone circles, long barrows and stone rows.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Weir, A (1980). Early Ireland. A Field Guide. Belfast: Blackstaff Press. p. 96.
  2. ^ Habitas Website
  3. ^ The Megalithic Portal
  4. ^ Viney, M. (2003) Ireland. Blackstaff Press. Belfast. ISBN 0-85640-744-5
  5. ^ "Cloghs (Tievebulliagh)" (PDF). Environment and Heritage Service NI - Scheduled Historic Monuments. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2007-12-03.

Coordinates: 55°04′27″N 6°07′59″W / 55.07419°N 6.13302°W

Giant Causrway Jan 2018
Basalt columns at Giant's Causeway

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Ballycarry ASSI

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Ballygill North ASSI

Ballymacaldrack ASSI

Ballynanaghten ASSI

Ballypalady ASSI

Black Burn ASSI

Breen Wood ASSI

Caldanagh Bog ASSI

Carey Valley ASSI

Carrickarade ASSI

Castle Point ASSI

Castletown ASSI

Church Bay ASSI

Cleggan Valley ASSI

Cloghastucan ASSI

Cloghfin Port ASSI

Copeland Reservoir ASSI

Craigahulliar ASSI

Craigs ASSI

Culnafay ASSI

Dunloy Bog ASSI

Fair Head and Murlough Bay ASSI

Feystown ASSI

Frosses Bog ASSI

Galboly ASSI

Garron Plateau ASSI

Garry Bog ASSI

Garry Bog Part II ASSI

Giant's Causeway and Dunseverick ASSI

Glarryford ASSI

Glenariff ASSI

Glenariff Glen ASSI

Glenarm Woods ASSI

Glenarm Woods Part 2

Glenballyemon River ASSI

Glen Burn ASSI

Gortnagory ASSI

Inner Belfast Lough ASSI

Kinramer South ASSI

Larne Lough ASSI

Leathemstown ASSI

Lemnalary ASSI

Linford ASSI

Little Deer Park ASSI

Lough Beg ASSI

Lough Neagh ASSI

Minnis ASSI

Montiaghs Moss ASSI

Newlands ASSI

North Woodburn Glen ASSI

North Woodburn Reservoir ASSI

Outer Belfast Lough ASSI

Portballintrae ASSI

Portmore Lough ASSI

Portmuck ASSI

Portrush West Strand ASSI

Ramore Head and The Skerries ASSI

Rathlin Island - Coast ASSI

Rathlin Island - Kebble

Rathsherry ASSI

Runkerry ASSI

Sandy Braes ASSI

Scawt Hill ASSI

Sheep Island ASSI

Slieveanorra and Croaghan ASSI

Slievenacloy ASSI

South Woodburn Reservoir

Straidkilly Wood ASSI

Tardree Quarry ASSI

The Gobbins ASSI

The Maidens ASSI

Tievebulliagh ASSI

Torr Head ASSI

Tow River Wood ASSI

Waterloo Bay ASSI

White Park Bay ASSI

White Rocks, Portrush ASSI


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