Stone Circles are…yes..circles of stones set upright to form a type of enclosure. They are mainly found in south Munster and mid Ulster. They date from approx. 2500 b.c – 1000 b.c. They typically have 2 large portal stones which usually decrease in size towards the horizon or an axial stone. These stone are sometimes aligned towards the rising or setting sun during one of the solstices or equinoxes, leading to a theory that they were some sort of astronomical observatories. They may have had some sort of important religious or ceremonial significance. They are usually found in beautiful locations.
Kenmare Stone Circle, Kenmare town. County Kerry c.2500-1000 b.c This stone circle is located 5 minutes walk from the centre of Kenmare town. It is locally known as the 'The Shrubberies' and is [...]
This National Monument is The Clogherny Wedge Tomb located near the village of Plumbridge in co. Tyrone. It dates from approx c.2500 b.c and sits in a sparse exposed glaciated valley. It still has it's large [...]
The mysterious Beaghmore Stone Circles are located near Cookstown in co. Tyrone, They date to approx 2900 b.c > 1200 b.c. The stones were uncovered by local peat cutters in the 1940s. It is made up [...]
The Bocan Stone Circle, Culdaff, County Donegal The Bocan Stone Circle is a located about a mile outside the village of Culdaff on the Inishowen Peninsula and dates to between 1500-2500 BC. Stone circles may [...]
The Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe, County Donegal The Beltany Stone Circle is one of the largest and earliest stone circles in Ireland with a diameter of 145-feet. It originally comprised of 80 upright stones of [...]