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18. Gougane Barra and Kealkill prehistoric stone circle, County West Cork

 

The church on the 'island' in the lake at Gougane Barra.

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.

The start of the walk over the hills around Gougane Barra.

 

On the hills above Gougane Barra.

On the hills above Gougane Barra.

On the hills above Gougane Barra.

 

Looking down on the lake at Gougane Barra.

Looking down on the lake at Gougane Barra.

 

The cafe at Gougane Barra

The hills above the ancient glacial lake at Gougane Barra
The hills above the ancient glacial lake at Gougane Barra

Gougane Barra, Co. West Cork, Ireland: After an invigorating walk on the hills above the ancient religious centre (an 'island church') of Gougane Barra, County West Cork, Ireland. The lake is set in a glacial valley well away from any town. The lake and 'adjacent' cafe-tearoom seemed at times an awful long way away, and they were!, but the friendly welcome and good budget food proved a fitting end to the day of excellent hill work - quite a circuit over the surrounding hills around the lake.

 


Kealkill Stone Circle

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'!

 

Kealkill Stone Circle

There is a small complete circle of 5 standing stones, two large 'lined up' standing stones ('megaliths')...

Kealkill Stone Circle

 

Kealkill Stone Circle

... and, on the right a stone ringed cairn.

 

Kealkill Stone Circle

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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