Ireland's Top Ten Ancient Sites and Ruins. Poulnabrone Dolmen is 5800 years old in the Burren co. Clare Ireland.

Ireland's Top Ten Ancient Sites and Ruins. Poulnabrone Dolmen is 5800 years old in the Burren co. Clare Ireland.

12thC monastic ruin at Glendalough, Co Wicklow. An enchanted valley, home in the 6thC to the ascetic St Kevin.

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12thC monastic ruin at Glendalough, Co Wicklow. An enchanted valley, home in the 6thC to the ascetic St Kevin.

These standing stones are called Cerrig Meibion Arthur (The Stones of Arthur's Sons) in the Preseli Mountains, Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Traditionally, these standing stones are said to be the graves of King Arthur's sons who were killed while hunting the ferocious Twrch Trwyth, the boar which appears in the tale 'Culhwch ac Olwen (one of a collection of ancient stories found in The Mabinogion)

These standing stones are called Cerrig Meibion Arthur (The Stones of Arthur's Sons) in the Preseli Mountains, Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Traditionally, these standing stones are said to be the graves of King Arthur's sons who were killed while hunting the ferocious Twrch Trwyth, the boar which appears in the tale 'Culhwch ac Olwen (one of a collection of ancient stories found in The Mabinogion)

Ballykeel Portal Tomb (Dolmen). This Neolithic burial site, dated between 4000 and 2500 BC, has a huge capstone, supported on upright stones, over an octagonal burial chamber. It is known as the 'Hag's Chair'.  It stands dramatically at the southern end of a long stone cairn.  Most of the cairn has gone, but two parallel lines of carefully-set stones defining the edges are still visible. It is located within the Ring of Gullion, an area rich in megalithic sites.

Ballykeel Portal Tomb (Dolmen). This Neolithic burial site, dated between 4000 and 2500 BC, has a huge capstone, supported on upright stones, over an octagonal burial chamber. It is known as the 'Hag's Chair'. It stands dramatically at the southern end of a long stone cairn. Most of the cairn has gone, but two parallel lines of carefully-set stones defining the edges are still visible. It is located within the Ring of Gullion, an area rich in megalithic sites.

The Skelligs, Ring of Kerry. Be warned: these spectacular pinnacles of rock soaring out of the sea will haunt you for days.

The Skelligs, Ring of Kerry. Be warned: these spectacular pinnacles of rock soaring out of the sea will haunt you for days.

Ireland : County Mayo - Bridge above Keem Strand, Achill by fainleog, via Flickr

Ireland : County Mayo - Bridge above Keem Strand, Achill by fainleog, via Flickr

Standing Stones of Stenness---these standing stones are literally in a farmer's pasture!  Nothing around them but sheep and green grass!

Standing Stones of Stenness---these standing stones are literally in a farmer's pasture! Nothing around them but sheep and green grass!

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