Uragh Stone Circle and Lake of Gleninchaquin
The Beara peninsula in Counties Kerry and Cork in Ireland is a path less traveled by the tour buses and not often found in the guidebooks. Smaller vehicles can make this trip easily and we found the drive to be a worthwhile excursion and despite some of the very narrow roads, a peaceful respite from the crowded and touristy Ring of Kerry and Dingle peninsulas.
The Uragh Stone, also known as the Uragh Stone Circle, is a prehistoric stone circle located in County Kerry, Ireland. The stone circle is situated on the Beara Peninsula near the Gleninchaquin Park and is believed to have been constructed during the Bronze Age, approximately 4000 years ago.
The Uragh Stone Circle consists of a small circle of stones, measuring approximately 5 meters in diameter, with five upright stones and one fallen stone. The stones are made of local sandstone and range in height from approximately 1.2 to 1.8 meters. The circle is surrounded by a low earthen bank. The purpose of the Uragh Stone Circle is not entirely clear, but it is believed to have been used for ceremonial or ritual purposes, possibly related to the cycles of the sun and moon. The circle is aligned with the setting sun on the winter solstice, suggesting that it may have been used to mark the changing seasons.
Today, the Uragh Stone Circle is a popular tourist attraction, visited by visitors from all over the world. The site is managed by the Irish Office of Public Works and is open to the public year-round, free of charge.