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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  • Was well worth the drive off the beaten track to see the circles first hand We were the only people there so was an experience money could not buy (and it's free) Very remote, there was no mobile sign...  more »
  • It's not a very popular place for access (is approx. 1 hour and a half of Cork by car). Has no entry and parking. For those who have never visited something, like me, was awesome. The stone circle is a cultural symbol of the peoples who inhabited Ireland and formerly the is used for ceremonies. It's not a big place: there is a stone circle and left some ruins of what appears to have been houses, for example. If you are in Cork recommend a visit, not only for what the place represents but also by road. Will be one of the most beautiful roads in the whole of Ireland, with pretty villages, mountains, rivers, and for the most part, the road features stone walls (which I believe are characteristic of the country).
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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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  • Well kept all around, very nice and peaceful. Very interesting historical spot. 1100 to 800 B.C.
  • Very neat ancient site. Unlike Stonehenge, you can walk through and touch everything.
  • Cool because its so old. N other tourists when we visited.
  • Unique way to heat water by early humans! Heating large stones in a fire and then placing them in a natural stone tub!
  • 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.

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