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Drombeg Stone Circle, Skibbereen

(4.7/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
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 on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Skibbereen trip itinerary planner.
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  • Travelling around Ireland in a van to see the sights, we stopped off after leaving Skibbereen to check out the stone circle. It's easy to find with a navigator using points of interest; and only a sho...  more »
  • Drombeg Stone Circle is simply wonderful. I visited here with my boyfriend on Valentines day 2015, and it was such a sight to see. I Forgot to review it then, but felt I must after seeing some other s...  more »
  • I was actually pretty geeked to see this. I am very interested in stone circles, dolmens, old stones writing and carvings. If this type of thing interest you, you can purchase a map that shows locatio...  more »
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  • A interesting look back in time, this stone circle is very well preserved, and resides on meticulously maintained grounds. The site is small, but offers informational placards, and provides glorious views of the West Cork countryside, all the way to the southern coast and Atlantic ocean.
  • Only taking a star away because parking was small and hard to manuever. There was a nice wide, and muddy path to the circle. Path was easy to walk. There are a couple helpful informative signs explaining the ground layout and history.
  • Interesting sight, but nothing spectacular. It's cool to find yourself in an area that was inhabited so long ago. And the signs give you a nice idea of how the area must have looked like. Definitely worth to turn off the road for. Not so much to make a detour for.
  • Off the beaten track, it's historic significance is pretty cool!
  • Of all the stone circles I've seen, this was definitely the best. The stones were very stony and the circle was very circular. Not like those stone circles that claim to be a circle but end up being more of an oval. The cooking area was quite marvelous. I highly recommend this stone circle.