Visited 1st February 2012
Turn off the R571 at Lauragh Bridge, down a narrow lane which takes youu towards Drombohilly.
I parked by a green hut just past Gowlaur Lough. From here , I found an easy spot to cross the small stream and headed directly uphill towards Drombohilly Hill. It's a little boggy,but nothing to really get your feet wet. I was lucky enough to see a male Hen Harrier gliding past me and over the ridge. After gaining some height, I headed left parrallel with the road towards the fence. Theres an easy spot to step over by the high rocks. Then head around the head of the wet are to the next fence. There is one spot where it has fallen down and it's relatively easy to slip under it. Keep going to the last fence, hich is easily negotiable. You find yourself on a firebreak/track which heads left down hill, turning sharply right and steeply down. Drombohilly Circle soon comes into view in the infant plantation ahead right. Just before reaching the small stream veer off right, heading directly towards the circle. It may take a little longer than the more direct routes, but its relatively easy.
Drombohilly Circle is a gem. A multiple circle, there are 9 stones standing and 1 fallen. All are quite tall. This circle looks like it will disappear into the forestry which has been planted here in years to come, so visit while you can !
This circle is easy to find and also easy to reach. If you are on a hanglider with a pair of binoculars taped to your face that is...
This was my second time looking for this place, I gave up the first time and I have quite good eyesight. I actually 'saw' it and was glad to see the farmer was tending his sheep, until he pointed out a different spot, much further away! 'You have a pair a tough boots with ya, dont ya?' 'Um no... but um, these walking shoes are watertight..' Cut to farmer laughing, sort of nervously at first then building up to a hearty belly laugh bordering on the evil. Great start.
They should use this place to train the SAS, its murder getting across the bog after rain the few days beforehand. Barbed wire, super-slippy rocks, swamp holes disguised as tufts of grass, those rocks placed and balanced carefully so that when you stand on them they fart out water and muck onto your other shoe...
When you are there, you dont even think about your trousers being knee deep in crap, this spot is like a 3D postcard, spectacular doesn't do it justice.
The stones are all high and have a craggy pointed-ness that makes them human like in stature similar to Ardgroom Outward up the road, they must be good to hold your attention up here but they were chosen very well. I didn't want to leave here, and that wasn't just because of the dastardly trek back to the car.
OS sheet 84 and a good pair of water resistant hiking boots were required to find this fine circle. We began searching from the boulder burials marked on the map, (and clearly visible from the road) and it was tough going. Next time, I'll try the northern rather than the western approach.
The fence surrounding the circle may be electrified, so beware. On one side, however, there was a stretch with only one wire rather than two, making it very easy to stoop under.
If you're here, don't miss the wedge tomb, which is about 200 meters to the south, further up the hill.
A quarter mile off the road, clearly in sight, but this took some time to reach, due to the (barbed wire) fences in the way and the boggy ground underfoot. Again, like so many Irish sites, wonderful views can be seen in all directions.
This circle is accompanied by an ancient low wall, which heads off to the west from the circle.
My experience of finding the site was a similar one. The stones dip below the horizon as you approach. I followed the directions suggested by Burl and walked up the lane past a farm. There was no-one there but I did notice a previously un-reported (and certainly not recorded on the OS map) stading stone adjacent to the back garden. The bog is the most fearsome I've encountered visiting sites in Cork or Kerry.
It wasn't until leaving the lane and then turning left and left again to head toward the Healy Pass that I noticed a much easier access point. The fence here is partly trampled and the stones remain in view as you follow the contours to reach them. I guess this is the easy route!