Posted by: Michele Erdvig | September 23, 2011

Ireland Friday Freebie: Drombeg Stone Circle

Drombeg Stone Circle

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.

Drombeg Standing Stone

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.

Drombeg Offerings in Center

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  1. I so wanted to visit Drombeg Stone Circle on our first trip to Ireland, but our day trip from Killarney to Blarney and Kinsale took longer on the Irish roads than we anticipated. With young children in tow, we had to get back to our rental cottage before dark and simply ran out of time. Thank you for sharing this detailed information on Drombeg. It’s on my list for our next trip!

  2. Dan,

    There are so many interesting things to see and do in Ireland, it is no wonder you ran out of daylight! I hope you get to Drombeg next time. Don’t forget to come back to this Blog every Friday for another free thing to see in Ireland. Or you can subscribe and be notified when new posts appear.

    Michele

  3. […] locally as the Druid’s Altar, Drombeg Stone Circle is set on a hillside in rural West Cork about 1-½ miles east of Glandore. Dating back over 2,000 […]

  4. I am planning a trip and would love more info please, is there a cost to visit these Stones?


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