Finnis Souterrain

It is located off the Carrigagh Road towards its junction with the Slievenaboley Road, approximately 2 miles north west of Legananny Dolmen, and approximately 2.5 miles south of Finnis/Massford. The souterrain is a scheduled ancient monument on private land but was opened to the public under an agreement between the landowner and Banbridge District Council in 2003. It is a securely built underground structure of dry stone construction made up of three passages located in a shallow depression 120m across a field. The main passage runs for approx. 29 m/95 ft and two shorter side passages run off this to the northeast. This souterrain is thought to date from around the 9th century AD and was probably used as a hiding place, and possibly for storage. Solar powered lighting has been provided in the souterrain, parking and interpretation are also provided.

Advice: There are three pedestrian gates along the fenced access path and wooden steps down to the entrance. This is a narrow, confined, underground structure which requires bending and stooping to enter. A low level of solar lighting is provided but it advisable to bring a torch as well. No entry charge.

The souterrain is normally open at all times but floods for most of the winter months making much of the structure inaccessible.

Combine with a visit to nearby Legananny Dolmen and a tour of the Slieve Croob area.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Banbridge Tourist Information Centre

Location / Directions

Grid Ref. J272442
Maps: OSNI Discover Map Series 1:50,000 Sheet 20 Slieve Croob Outdoor Pursuits MapTo get there from Dromara: Take the B7 to Finnis/Massford, about 1 ½ miles south of Dromara. At Finnis take the first road on your left past the chapel, the Carrigagh Road (signed for Legananny Dolmen). Continue on this road until you reach a crossroads, continue straight ahead (continuation of the Carrigagh Road). Ignore the sign for Legananny Dolmen. About 400 yards further on you see a small lay-by on the left with a wooden sign marking the souterrain. To visit nearby Legananny Dolmen retrace your route along Carrigagh Road, and follow the road signs, taking a right into Legananny Road and continue until you reach the junction with Dolmen Road, turn left into Dolmen Road and park at the lay-by provided.
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Contact Details

Leisure Services Department
Civic Building
Downshire Road
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Down
BT32 3JY

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