Part of our planned self-drive tour of Ireland included a visit to the Drombeg Stone Circle. We arrived on an overcast, wet morning and discovered that we were the only tourists at the site.
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While the weather wasn’t the best, at least we didn’t have to deal with the usual stream of tourists. One of the reasons we chose to visit in Ireland in April was that it is shoulder season.
Drombeg Stone Circle is one of Ireland’s most famous stone circles. The circle is a short walk from the parking lot.
The seventeen pillar stones are comprised of local sandstone. There is an alter stone lying to the south-west.
Excavations done in 1957 and 1958 revealed an urn burial area in the centre of the stone circle. A broken pot was discovered which contained the remains of cremated bones.
The site has been dated to between 153 BC and 127 AD.
To the west of the Drombeg Stone Circle there is a hut site with a fulacht fiadh. This was an ancient communal cooking pit. We did not make the trek over to this area as much of the surrounding ground had been thoroughly soaked by heavy rains, causing a lot of standing water in the immediate area. I did not bring my waterproof hiking boots to Ireland… lesson learned.
Adjacent to the Drombeg Stone Circle there is a patchwork of farmers’ fields. The rolling hills and stone walls made for some interesting scenery.
When another heavy downpour began we returned to our car. We then headed off to our planned bed and breakfast stay in Baltimore.
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