Ancient stone monuments

Most people are fascinated by stone circles, standing stones and megalithic tombs. Who built them and how and why? How have they survived for so many years (unfortunately, some haven’t but that’s another issue)? Huge amounts of research have been inspired by these questions. At the end of the day they look beautiful and it is magical to be in their presence. In the west of Ireland we are lucky to have many examples, a few of which I am including today. I have used Photoshop to give the images an “antique” look which seems appropriate considering their age.

The Gurranes standing stones, near Castletownsend, were some of the first I remember seeing here in West Cork in my youth. It was only recently that I made the effort to get close to them and it was really worth it.
In fact, I couldn’t decide which image I preferred so I put them both in!
This is at Kealkill where a small stone circle is accompanied by two large standing stones.
At Uragh, in Kerry, is a similar combination in a magnificent setting which includes some of Ireland’s last remaining ancient woodland.
The Drombeg circle, near Glandore, is one of the best examples and a popular attraction. Sadly, on the day we went, the site was spoiled with a lot of litter but….
This is the Altar wedge tomb near Toormore, another amazing survivor.
And another, even larger, example in the Burren, Co Clare. The Poulnabrone dolmen is truly impressive.

8 thoughts on “Ancient stone monuments

    1. That second image would be my desktop background image if the screen was portrait rather than landscape! In stead I have used the first one and put the second on my phone!


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