Drombeg Stone Circle, Skibbereen

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Take in the mystery and history of Drombeg Stone Circle, an enchanting recumbent stone circle consisting of 17 pillar stones. An excavation revealed an urn buried in the center along with the remains of a child wrapped in thick cloth. Radiocarbon dating revealed the artifacts to have originated from between 153 BCE and 127 CE. The stones are mysteriously oriented in the direction of the setting sun during the midwinter solstice, and the midpoint of the altar stone was set in line with the winter solstice sunset when viewed through a conspicuous notch in the distant hills. This is one of the most-visited megalithic sites in Ireland, so be prepared for bustling crowds. Put Drombeg Stone Circle and other Skibbereen attractions into our Skibbereen online travel route planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Erected by the Celts toward the year 150 BC, is a group of 13 menhirs (originally were 17) whose major characteristic is the presence in the center of the circle of a flat stone, similar to an altar, with banded brands on which you should align the Sun just or during the winter solstice. Also known com "The Druids altar", is a 'cult' site for rituals of pagan type. There are also people who leave offerings by way of flowers and even money. It is said that this place has a kind of vibration. I didn't notice it but there are people who, without entering into the field of mysticism, says it is because it is probably a point with some natural terrestrial magnetism or it has some underground water stream. In the end, yourselves...
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  • Drumbeg Stone Circle is a really interesting stone circle attributed to the druids. Not much is known about the dating or archeology, but the stone circle is awe inspiring if you are interested in wal...  more »
  • Well worth a visit if in south Cork, we sobbed off on our way to Skibbereen from Clonakilty. The stone circle is a short walk from the car park and although it was a dreary day we still had a fantasti...  more »
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  • Amazing place that you can visit for free. Would cost you a tenner in the UK. Spent an hour there and had the place practically to myself. Awesome.
  • Stop by if you're in the area. Here, people put these stones up and served food to visitor 2,000 years ago, and it's a remarkable place to visit now. There's no boiled meat served here today, but the nearby restaurants will do a lot better!
  • I've never visited a stone circle before, so I found Drombeg to be really interesting. The site is kept well, and there are a lot of info about the circle and its most likely functions during the prehistoric age. The view is also beautiful, making it an unmissable stop.
  • Fascinating history. Well hidden but worth having a look.
  • This is a beautiful quite spot off the beaten track. The stone circle is a short walk from the car park so it is a very peaceful site. The view over the hills and the ocean are also absolutely beautiful!

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