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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

Cathair na bhFionnúrach (Stone Fort / Dun)

On the western slope of Mount Brandon lies this good restored ring fort, a pair of huts are preserved in the interior. The surrounding cashel walls are around 1.5m high and 2-3m thick.

Opposite of the entrance is an access into the outer wall, in the chamber behind you can even stand upright.

The views over Dingle Peninsula are phantastic!

A hidden gem of the Slea Head Drive, as it is not signed from the main road, but worth the effort of finding it.

Visited June 2014

Staigue Bridge (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Great panel with wonderful decorations, which lies around 100m east of the Staigue river, close to Staigue bridge. I had luck with the lighting conditions, so the motifs are clearly visible on most of my pictures.

Park at Staigue bridge, walk over the bridge and after 50m there is a gate to your right. Cross the field in a southeast direction to a subsequent path.
Watch for a beaten track that leaves this path on the left, immediately after you leave the field. After about 50m on this track you should see the panel, the main part of the decorations are on the opposite end of the panel.

Visited June 2014

Cahernageeha (Burial Chamber)

Although I drove the Ring of Kerry a few times, I never stopped to examine this site, as there was no entry on TMA. This time my wife convinced me, that this must be a megalithic site, so we pulled over.

According to Megalithic Survey, it is wholly natural in origin, though local tradition regards the site as a burial monument (see entry for SMR KE106-119---- at the National Monument Service Website.

It consist of a massive "boulder", which rests on four supporting stones.

Worth a short break, as it just lies a few metres from the road.

Visited June 2014

Cashel Town (Wedge Tomb)

These site is a must, if you're in the area. It consists of three wedge tombs surrounded by kerb stones. Some of the kerb stones are erected, others are lying down. If've never seen a comparable site before.

As the site is part of a 'Heritage Trail', there is a parking area from where a path leads to the site. It was a bit boogy, but I guess it could be very muddy after longer periods of rain.

Apart from that, this is really a great site to visit!

Visited April 2012

Aikey Brae (Stone Circle)

Aikey Brae ranks among the TOP5 RSC in Aberdeenshire for me. A splendid location, a huge recumbent, large stones (some fallen) and great views across the countryside. Even the track through a dense woods that leads to the circle is brilliant and mysterious.

Highly recommended!

In addition to a23's directions, there is now a offical sign at the start of the field track to the circle, as Aikey Brae is part of the "The Stone Circle" trail.

Visited June 2011

Berrybrae (Stone Circle)

This stone circle, excavated by Aubrey Burl, is now heavily overgrown. There is still a surrounding fence and a kissing gate to enter the site inside the litte wood, but inside the fence there are no traces of someone, who looks after the site in terms of cutting the grass and saplings.

So I guess that in a few years, this site will be completely vanished and overgrown, which is a pity, because what I was able to trace was quite nice and the spot in the little wood adds to the atmosphere.

Visited June 2011

Drumanone (Portal Tomb)

This gem is really easy to get to, if you disregard the fact that you have to cross a railway line. To reach the site, drive on the R294 from Boyle to Cloonloogh. Around 2.5km after you leave Boyle you come to a railway underpass, where the R295 bends right. Another 400m later you see a house on the right side, where you can easily park you car. Walk the farm track for about 100m and you reach two gates that help to safely cross the railway line. Be warned, as we visited the site, there were two trains that passed by.

This is really a magnificent portal tomb with a huge capstone, that sits in a threateningly angle on two massive portal stones. I'm not sure, if the capstone is in its original position, but there is now a supporting pillar, that stabilizes the whole structure. I only wonder why this site is not more mentioned in guidebooks of this area, because it really deserves more attention.

If you are in this area, I definitely recommend visiting this tomb!

Visited May 2010

Cregdotia (Wedge Tomb)

This tomb is a real adventure to get to! The best approach is to drive the R386 from Cong to Clonbur. After ~2km there is a sharp bend to the right with a place to park the car. Leave the car and walk approximately 60m on a forest trail than turn left and walk for about 70m. Look for a small beaten path that climbs a small hillock on which the tomb is located.

When we arrived at the parking area, there was a huge semitrailer full of logs. As a matter of prudence I parked my car away from the semitrailer, to leave enough ground for a tractor unit. A good decision, as you will later see.

Unfortunately we just have the GPS coordinates of the tomb and no directions. As we followed the forest track too long, we approach the tomb from the west, instead from the north. This means we had to chop our way through the undergrowth. Also the underground is limestone, which is overgrown by moos. Several times I broke through and stuck with one legs deep in the limestone! My wife had enough and returned to the car. My son, my nephew and I refused to quit and stumple around in circular movements, until I finally found the tomb. Just at that moment (the smile on my face was not yet faded away), I heared my wife screaming and bawling, that we should immediately return to the car. So we made haste and scaled down the hillock (but certainly not without quickly taking some pictures ;-)).

As we came back to our car, we saw that the semitrailer has taken on a life of its own and moved straight towards our rental car. My wife was a bit pale in her face, as the semitrailer did several movements. Fortunately there was still some distance between the car and the semitrailer, so that I could moved the car out of the danger zone. However I didn't have the time to examine the tomb more thorough and after the shock we also didn't want to return to the tomb either.

Visited June 2010

Marble Hill (south) (Wedge Tomb)

This (still) easy to find site, lies directly besides a field track around 100m from the road right after the first gate. It is signed from the R353, but I didn't see any hint at the field track itself, that lies around 1km south of the R353.

It seems, that the tomb once had three capstones, with the middle one now collapsed. The tomb is heavily overgrown, which is a shame. Cleared form all these bushes and trees, these tomb would be very impressive.

Visited June 2010

Cleggan (Court Tomb)

The best way to reach this site is to use the driveway to Cleggan Farm Holiday Cottages, park just before you reach the farm. Use the field track behind the gate, until you reach the second gate (with a shed or stable on the left). Leaving the track after the gate to the left along a field wall you should see the site after a very short time.

Like the nearby tomb at Knockbrack, this lovely court tomb lies in an almost perfect surrounding. Across the bay you can see Cleggan Quay, where boats leave to Inishboffin, which lies to the northwest. A really nice and silent spot, I even could people hear across the bay.

The tomb itself is dominated by a nice shaped capstone, which reminds me a wee bit of a humpback whale head ;-). The tomb is aligned NW-SE in parallel to the shoreline, with the gallery at the NW.

A really nice little gem that invites the guest to stay!

Visited May 2010

Knockbrack (Chambered Tomb)

This likable little tomb lies near Sellerna Bay, just follow the brown signs to the strand until you reach a parking area. If you look roughly northeast across the bay, you should already spot the tomb.

Unfortunately at the time when I reached the tomb, young bulls grazed on the northern side of the site. As the wall around the tomb is very low, I could not approach or inspect the site very close. So the pictures I take, were more or less zoom shots. Sorry about that.

Visited May 2010

Turoe Stone

Last week I visited the Turoe Stone in County Galway. With the pictures of the site in mind, I looked around (the site is located in a pet farm), but only found an OPW info board. After a while I realized a second sign before you enter the lawn, that states, that the stone is currently in a program to protect its surface.

This means a wood shed with 2 small windows, that looks like an arbour, is placed over the stone, no wonder that I didn't find it :-( . As Michail Gorbatschow said: 'Life punishes those who delay'.

Although I totally appreciate, that the protection of this treasure is very important or a must, I was very disappointed, as this site was on my wish list for a long time. The whole 'atmosphere' is lost and I ask myself, if there were no other (and better) possibilities, to protect the stone, while still making a visit a worthwhile trip.

So if you plan to visit the site, be prepared.

Visited June 2010

Knockane (Wedge Tomb)

In her book 'Irish Megalithic Tombs' (published by Shire Archaeology), Elizabeth Shee Twohig lists Knockane as a site to visit for County Cork. The site lies southeast of Teerelton and northeast of Cappeen near a farm to the north. Park your car at the farm and ask there for permisson. As you walk from the farm, pass a field and turn right into the undergrowth where the access road bends to the left and watch out for a trail that leads west. Follow this path for about 75m over a small terrace, around bushes and brambles and make sure, that you always have the little wood on your right.

Within a stone's throw of each other you'll find two heavily overgrown and moss-covered, but still neat little wedge tombs. Both tombs consists just of a single slab that rests on the side walls, thus building a small gallery. More details are really hard to detect, because the vegatation nearly have smothered entirely both tombs.

So if you want to make further analysis, bring a lawn or hedge trimmer with you ;-).

Visited May 2009
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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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