Stone Circle

One of my favourite places in Ireland is the Beara peninsula, a piece of rugged land shared between Cork and Kerry. Scattered all along the peninsula are numerous megalithic monuments from a bygone age. One of the most moving and mystical of these monuments has to be the stone circle at Uragh in Kerry.

Beautifully situated on a small hillock between lough Cloonee Upper and Lough Inchiquinn, the monument consists of a five stone circle with a huge outlier in close proximity. This enormous monolith is at least three metres high and totally dominates the monument. It is set radially to the circle aligned along the NE-SW axis.

The circle is a typical five stone circle, all the stones are roughly the same height and tangentially placed. There are two portal stones, two side stones and the axial stone. The views from here are simply gorgeous. Even though it rained continually on our visit, I thoroughly enjoyed this magical location.

Set against a back drop of mountains, lakes and waterfalls Uragh Stone Circle was certainly one of the main highlights of our recent trip to Cork and Kerry and surely one of the most beautiful. A gorgeous drive along the narrow meandering road to this remote spot adds an air of anticipation to the journey.

Situated: From Kenmare take the R571 West towards Ardgroom. After about 13 kilometres take a left turn, signposted Uragh Stone Circle. Follow the road to the very end. Follow the track through the gate. metres

Discovery Map 84: V 8307 6348. Last visit July 2011.

Longitude:  9° 41' 44" W

Latitude: 51° 48' 41" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

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