SCENES from IRELAND
18. Gougane Barra and Kealkill prehistoric stone circle, County West Cork
The church on the 'island' in the lake at Gougane Barra. By tradition, this early Christian settlement was supposed to have been founded in the 6th century by St Finbar. The ruins on the island actually date from around 1700. The lake has formed in a glacial depression carved out in the last ice age.
The start of the walk over the hills around Gougane Barra.
On the hills above Gougane Barra.
Looking down on the lake at Gougane Barra.
On the way back to Durrus we called in at the Kealkill prehistoric megalithic recumbent stone circle, north east of Bantry. A wonderfully situated and atmospheric monument to long forgotten 'ceremonies'!
There is a small complete circle of 5 standing stones, two large 'lined up' standing stones ('megaliths')...
... and, on the right a stone ringed cairn.
The views across the hills towards the sea are quite spectacular and this archaeological site is well worth a visit when on another wonderful holiday in Ireland.
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