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. We found the drive to be a worthwhile excursion and despite some of the very narrow roads, a peaceful respite from the touristy Ring of Kerry and Dingle peninsulas.
Upon entering the Ring of Beara past the town of Kenmare, one of the first stops and a must see is the Uragh Stone Circle. The site is marked by a brown sign and is approximately 12-13 kilometers from Kenmare. Follow the narrow, one lane road up to a parking area to access the site.
There is parking available and a metal box for paying the trespass fee at the gate upon entering. The fee is 2€ per person and since the site is on private land, please be considerate and pay the fee so that sacred sites such as Uragh will remain open to the public. We paid the fee and walked up the hill and found an older gentleman selling postcards for a euro who identified himself as the landowner.
The Uragh Stone circle is a short walk up a gravel path and while at some times in the year a magnificent waterfall can be seen in the background, there was only a trickle visible on our visit. Spend some time around the stone circle as Uragh is one of the many thin places in Ireland which are portals to the Otherworld. I sat and meditated inside the stones for a while and felt the presence of very ancient spirits.
While there is no pathway, it is possible to go down to the Lake of Gleninchaquin and there on the rocks by the shore, is is worth sitting awhile and meditating as well. Here too I felt the presence of ancient spirits in the lake, perhaps those of the Dananns who were the spiritual ancestors to the Celts.
On our way out, we encountered the elderly gentleman trimming high grass along the path with shears. I could not help but wonder if he too was an ancient spirit who was there to look after the sacred place?
Back near the parking area to the Uragh Stone Circle, there is a picnic table by a relaxing running stream, so this is also a great place to sit, enjoy the fresh air and serenity and have lunch or a snack. Be sure not to litter and to take and litter with you when you leave so that this sacred place remains unspoiled and beautiful.
Enjoy some photos of the Uragh Stone Circle and Lake of Gleninchaquin in our image gallery.