Drombeg Stone Circle – known locally as the Druid’s Altar – is set on a hillside in rural West Cork about 1-½ miles east of Glandore. Dating back over 2,000 years, the stones stand sentinel over the countryside with distant views of the ocean. Thirty feet in diameter, the seventeen stones have a flat altar stone, which is lit by the rays of the setting sun on the winter solstice every year. Archaeologists conjecture that it was a ceremonial site. In the center of a circle were found the remains of a cremation. The stones are made of sandstone and one has carvings on it. The tallest is little over seven feet high.
Nearby, beside a little stream, is a cooking pit called a fulacht fiadh. Water in the pit was heated with hot stones and meat was cooked in it. A pathway leads from the pit to the remains of two round huts. Free admission. Parking available. Access is along a gravel pathway that winds between stone walls.
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