Stone Circles

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.

The Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe. County Donegal c.1400BC


One of the largest, earliest & most beautiful stone circles in Ireland The Beltany Stone Circle is one of the largest and earliest stone circles in Ireland with a diameter of 145-feet. It [...]

The Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe. County Donegal c.1400BC2019-06-30T19:09:45+00:00