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Caherdaniel (Stone Fort / Dun)

During my planing for the next trip around the Iveragh Peninslua, I found an interesting ring structure on Google Earth near Caherdaniel West.

After checking some books and the great Historic Environment Viewer from NMS I realized that this must be Caherdaniel Ringfort. Actually there are two ringforts (KE106-063001- and KE106-062----) only 100m apart from each other. But the first one is the far better one. As access to the ringfort looked quite easy, I decided to include it for my next drive around The Ring of Kerry.

You can park your car on the N70 at N51 46 16.2 W10 06 33.3 between Ballycarnahan and Caherdaniel West, where there is a sharp right bend and a small access road. Walk along the access road and you can already see the ringfort.

I wonder, why I never noticed the ringfort before, as I drove The Ring Of Kerry several times, but always clockwise. To my apology, I have to say that the ringfort is much more visible, if you drive The Ring Of Kerry anti-clockwise.

Unfortunately while visiting the ringfort, it rained heavily, so I just stayed for a short time to make at least some (fuzzy) photos.

Visited November 2010

Cool (Standing Stones)

The name should be Cool East (refer to KE078-007----).

Visited November 2010

Moyne (Standing Stones)

This stone pair stands in the center of a medieval ecclesiastical enclosure, west of a medieval church. Both stones are ~1.7m high.

This really is a tranquill place, in the next field you can see Kinlough Castle.

Both sites are highly recommend and easy to access.

Visited June 2010

Killeen (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Site 15 of the Clew Bay Archaeological Trail is Killeen Graveyard and Cross Slab. Parking and access is very easy.

In the graveyard there is a standing stone, leaning precariously, which was christianised during the seventh century with a Maltese Cross.

Visited June 2010

Ballynastaig (Stone Fort / Dun)

Sorry for the images, due to the vegetation it was nearly impossible to get better ones.

The coordinates for the site are wrong, here are the actual ones:
N53 06 06.3 W8 51 57.5

Visited May 2010

Ardrahan (Standing Stone / Menhir)

This is a phallus stone, unfortunatley when we visited the site, the stone was knocked over by someone (see link section for a beter picture).

The location of the site is wrong, actually it is:
N53 09 27.1 W8 48 29.1

Visited May 2010

Corrower (Rath)

While visiting Corrower Standing Stone I realize a odd megalithic structure in another field. From the road it looked like a big megalithic tomb, so I jumped over a gate to went about 120m up to the small mound to see what I have discovered.

To be honest, when I came closer to the stones, I couldn't spot, if this is really a megalithic object. As some of the stones are big boulders, I don't think it is just field clearance.

According to the National Monuments Service the mound is a Rath (MA040-046----), but unfortunately there is no reference of the stones.

What do you think?

Visited May 2010

Behy (Court Tomb)

While we are visited Céide Fields we also tooked the chance to see Behy Court Tomb (about 400m from the car park). I asked for directions to the tomb and one of the ladies from the staff gave me detailed information how to get to the tomb.

Only parts of the tomb can be seen, as most of the tomb is still buried in the peat.

Nevertheless a nice addition to a visit of the highly recommended visitor centre of Céide Fields.

Visited May 2010

Rosdoagh (Court Tomb)

While driving around northwest Mayo and the Bellmullet Peninsula, we also passed Rosdoagh Court Tomb.

It lies behind a modern house, but parking and access is very easy. Simply go straight on, when the 'main' roads bends right angular.

To be honest there is not much to see anymore, the information board is more impressive than the tomb itself.

Abbeyquarter North (Passage Grave)

If you would like to drive around a megalithic tomb, here is your chance, as the remains of this passage grave lies in the center of a roundabout!

This and the fact that there is also a crucifix and two statues errected in the middle of the tomb makes Abbeyquarter North one of the most weired megalithic sites in Ireland.

Visited May 2010

Fenagh (Glebe) (Wedge Tomb)

I think this entry is not valid. According to the NMS (LE029-002----) the tomb with this coordinates isn't a Wedge Tomb, but a Court Tomb and it is called Commons.

Commons (Court Tomb)

On our drive from Dublin airport to our cottage in Ballina (County Mayo), we passed this tomb. Because we were in a hurry, I was only able to take a zoom shot from the road.

Visited May 2010

Gleninsheen (Wedge Tomb)

Actually there are three Wedge Tombs in this field (Cl. 10, Cl. 11 and Cl. 15), but when I visited Gleninsheen, back in 2008, I was not aware of Cl. 10.

This nice little tomb lies in the south west corner of the field and lies closest to the road (R480), from which you can clearly see it.

So if you visit Poulnabrone, don't hesitate also to include this lovely tomb to your itinerary.

Visited May 2008

Kilbronoge (Wedge Tomb)

I parked at N51 32 09.7 W9 29 18.0, from here it is about 300m to the tomb.

Follow the forrest track straight north, after 100m it seems that the track ends, but keep moving, as the track continues after some meters.

The wedge tomb is heavily overgrown, but nevertheless it is a nice little tomb. Due to the surrounding trees, there are no noteworthy views, which would add to the atmosphere.

Visited June 2014

Dromroe (Stone Circle)

This stone circle ranks on my wish list for Kerry and Cork for quite a while. Last time I was here, a warn signs prevents me from visiting the site with my family, but this time I was alone and the sign is highly weathered or otherwise flawed now, which means it is unreadable and so it didin't stop me from trying to get to the circle.

I think I found a good approach to reach this site.

I parked at N51 50 07.6 W9 36 52.5 and walk the road back for about 130m, here a farm track leave the road (N51 50 11.0 W9 36 51.4).

Pass a gate and follow this track until you came to an abandoned farm house. Behind this farm house you will see a second gate and a further farm track. Follow this track for about 150m until you came to a fork, take the right path here. This track leads you, after some zigzags, directly to the circle.

The circle is one of the finest stone circle in Kerry, with nearly all stones still in place, only one of the entrance stones lies on the ground. Like other multiple stone circles in this area (Uragh West, Kenmare, Dromagurteen, Gurteen), there is a boulder burial in the middle of the circle. Also the isolated location adds to the atmosphere. This is really a must see site, if you are in this area.

From the mentioned car parking it is ~1km always completely on farm tracks to the circle.

Visited June 2014

Uragh West (Stone Circle)

'Climbed' to this really nice stone circle from the car park at Uragh on probably one of the hottest days of the Irish summer 2014. Follow Meic's directions and don't worry about the fact, that on the last sign (were you have to leave the farm track) only 'Boulder Burial' and 'Fulacht fia' are mentioned (no Stone Circle).

The circle is great and worth every effort (I needed ~1h from the car park to the circle and back). Unfortunately at my time of visit, it was very overgrown, so maybe a visit in autumn or winter would be the better choice.

Behind the circle are additional boulder buriels and what seems to be a natural huge rock fragment.

Visited June 2014

Uragh North (Stone Circle)

Only 500m northeast of the famous Uragh are the probable remains a another stone circle. Only two stone are still standing, three others lay fallen on the ground.

Although the circle lies close to the road to Gleninchaquin Park, Ameen River between the road and the circle prevents an easy access, unless you are willing to ford the river.

So I walked from Uragh on a hot, sunny day in June, but the last 200m were nevertheless very boggy. While some water weept into my shoes, I was wondering what the hell I was doing here, particularly as I know that the stone circle is in a ruinous condition and not a really worthwhile destination. So don't try this approach after heay rain.

Visited June 2014

Dromatouk (Stone Circle)

The stone circle is quite easy to find, if you start at this gate (N51 52 46.5 W9 31 30.2) and follow the farm lane. After about 450m there is another gate with a some trees and a stone wall on the left. The circle is located on low ground behind that wall.

Dromatouk anomalous stone group is visible about 200m to the north after you pass the gate.

Halfway to the stone circle you pass Dromatouk standing stones on a small hillock on your right.

Visited June 2014

Caherdorgan North (Stone Fort / Dun)

During the planing of my day trip to Dingle Peninsula, I stumbled upon the name Caherdorgan North ring fort. After I found the exact location, I realized with some surprise, that I have passed this great site for at least two times, without even knowing it. This reconfirmed me, that carefully planning is essential for my trips to Ireland ;-).

The ring fort consists of five well preserved huts and at least one souterrain. A standing stone is located in a private garden around 30m to the west.

As it lies directly on the road to/from Kilmalkedar, there no excuse to not visiting this tremendous site, if you are in this area.

Visited June 2014

Killaclohane (Portal Tomb)

I think this is the only portal tomb in County Kerry, so this alone justifies a visit. It lies in a field close to a minor road so parking is a bit tricky, I used a driveway of a nearby house.

At my time of visit, two very pushy horses were on the field of the tomb, so I had always one eye on the horses, while the other tries to takes a closer look. The capstone is really impressive with some indentations. With the two tilted portal stones it reminds me a lot of Arderawinny tomb in County Cork.

Visited June 2014
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During my first trip to Ireland back in 2006, I was bitten by the 'megalithic' bug and since then I seek for every opportunity to visit as much sites as possible, with a bias for stone circles.

As I live in the southwest of Germany (not an area famous for megaliths), I rely on my holidays to be able to visit these sites.

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