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Drombeg Stone Circle, Skibbereen
Categories: Ruins, Mysterious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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The stone circle is a mini Stonehenge type structure that is planned around astronomical events to help judge the passage of time and cue events in times before calendars.
Schöner Steinkreis, sehr gepflegt und mir wenig Touristen. Der Weg dorthin ist etwas schmal aber das ist man von irischen Straßen ja gewohnt. Vom etwas erhöhten Stein hinter den Hütten hat man einen a... read more »Beautiful stone circle, was very attentive and my little tourists. The way there is something narrow, but that one is so used by Irish roads. From the raised stone behind the huts there is a breathtaking viewshow original
Tucked into an area that is unassuming. Gorgeous history. Wonderful place to take photos of history. Fascinating place that I cannot wait to go back and visit!
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.
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.
Well worth a visit for the winter solstice. An impressive site. Don't expect the hippies to have any control over their kids however as they will be too busy burning sage and playing bongos in their drum circles!
This circle is a must if you are visiting SW Ireland or County Cork. These monoliths command a stunning view of the countryside as it spills into the sea. Last quarter mile of road can get a bit hairy, the fuchsia desperately wants it's piece of the road back. American motorists use caution on the last stretch.
It's in a field, in the middle of nowhere. Still, worth the trip if you're in the area. Make sure to read the signs around the structures. Bring wellies, the field gets quite saturated in the rain.
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