The Kenmare Stone Circle is located 5 minutes walk from the centre of Kenmare and is locally known as the ‘The Shrubberies’. It is one of the largest stone circles in south west Ireland measuring 17.4 x 15.8m and dates from the bronze age (c.2,200 – 500 B.C.). The function of these structures is still unclear but were probably used for some sort of ritual, ceremonial or burial purpose as many of the stones were often orientated for solar and lunar events. The circle still has 15 large stones on the perimeter with a large central dolmen measuring 2m x 1.8m. This style of burial dolmen appears to be restricted to the south Munster area, with apparently just one elsewhere in Ireland. This site (like all the locations of stone circles) would have originally had beautiful vistas off to the distant mountains and Kenmare Bay however the site is now overly manicured and encircled by a line of pine trees. There is also a ‘fairy tree’ on site to wish away your bad omens!  N.B The landowners who manage and clean the site have a trust box for donations of two euros towards the up keep of the grounds.