Kenmare Stone Circle

Kenmare Stone Circle

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Name Kenmare Stone Circle County Kerry Nearest Town Kilgarven Access Road N70/N71 About Kenmare is located at the head of Kenmare Bay sometimes called the Kenmare River where the Roughty River flows into the sea, and at the junction of the Iveragh Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula.

Kenmare is a beautiful up-market town that serves up the very best of fare to the tourist whether it is accommodation, fine dining or glorious amenities.

It is also located near the famous Kerry Mountains and is a popular base from which to explore the entire Kerry area and travel the famous Ring of Kerry of which the town is part.

The Kenmare Stone Circle lies in the town of Kenmare itself, not far from the Cromwell Bridge.

Unlike any other ring in Munster, this one is egg-shaped and is quite large in diameter, indicating perhaps that the design could be a late geometrical development.

Locally known as 'The Shruberries', the Kenmare stone circle is probably the largest in the south west of Ireland and it is composed of 15 heavy boulders, 13 of which are standing and 2 which are prostrate at the north elevation.

At the centre is an impressive boulder-burial stone with a giant capstone some 2 metres long.

The weight of this capstone is estimated to be over seven tonnes, suggesting that a large force of men placed it at the current location.

Near Kenmare is a copper deposit: it seems that boulder-burials, along with stone rows and monoliths, have a widespread association with the copper-bearing areas.

The Stone Circle can be difficult to find; perversely because it is in the centre of the town behind commercial buildings.