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Stone Circle, Kenmare
(3.5/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
Just a short walk from Kenmare Towne, Stone Circle represents one of the largest prehistoric monuments of its kind in southwestern Ireland. This arrangement consists of 15 heavy standing stones surrounding a boulder dolmen in the center of the circle. This circle and dolmen were most likely placed in the Late Neolithic period for ceremonies, including burials of the dead. This is a a great site to see if you want to check out one of Ireland's many stone circles but don't want to go far from town to do so. The circle is considered one of the best-maintained prehistoric monuments in the country. Before you head to Kenmare, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Kenmare trip itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Kenmare has to offer, including Stone Circle.
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  • The largest Bronze Age stone circle is only a short stroll from downtown Kenmare, but not signed until you get close to the lovely site. We arrived at sunset, perfect for photography and rather magica...  more »
  • Two euros each entry into an honesty box to see about 12 stones in a clearing. We saw more interesting stone formations for free in the same region. 
  • One huge annoyance is that there is no cut through between the bridge and the nearby stone circle:- you've just got to go all the way back and round. But it is worthwhile because this circle is a of h...  more »
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  • This is one of the largest stone circles in south-west Ireland but is, in truth, quite disappointing. The entire monument has been surrounded by evergreens and looks like a garden folly as a result, the grass is a little too neatly mown and it feels almost contrived. However, I have found images of the monument before it's modern 'tidying' and originally it overlooked the entire Kenmare Bay with the mountains in the distance and certainly in that image, appears much more 'authentic'. Take those new garden[y] elements away, the site is easily accessible and quite interesting. It is roughly egg-shaped, aligned with the setting sun and consists of 15 boulder stones (13 standing and 2 fallen), and central boulder-burial topped with a large capstone (alone estimated to weigh 7 tons!).
  • Great experience for me. One of the largest stone circles in the area.
  • Not worth 2 euro per person. Its interesting because of how ancient it is, however it's not an imposing or awe inspiring site. If you have seen Stonehenge skip it.
  • Lay on the grass and look towards the heaven's and close your eyes and dream!!
  • Don't expect the dimensions of Stonehenge, though it's a very nice piece of history.