Knockanoura, Co. Clare
These are, in legend, a band of robbers turned to stone. As Mary Harrison explains, there was something so powerful about these stones that her frightened horses would not come near them.
Termon, Co. Donegal
The Rock of Doon is a craggy eminence with a storied past and a glorious panoramic view. On its flat summit there was reputed to be an inauguration ceremony in which the tribal leader was joined symbolically with the powers of nature during a brutal pagan rite.
Blacklion, Co. Cavan
The ruins of the church at Killinagh, with its adjacent holy well and ruined prehistoric tomb, have long appeared to be a place with deep pre-Christian associations. This is nowhere more evident than at the large boulder known as St. Brigid’s Cursing Stone.
Keash, Co Sligo
It is a steep climb up a hillside, but the view from inside Cormac’s Cave makes it obvious how this location might have inspired the legends that surround it.
Camp, Co Kerry
Cú Roí mac Dáire was a legendary sorcerer, an evil magician who resided in the south of Ireland in the brutal tribal era of the prehistoric Iron Age. He has given his name both to the mountain and to the stone fort near its peak.
Portnoo, Co. Donegal
This dolmen is a monumental shape-shifter, suggesting visual allusions, or acting as a megalithic Rorschach Test. People have described it as resembling a whale, a dolphin, an alligator, a fish, and the Concorde jet. Here you can view it from every angle and decide for yourself.
Glandore, Co. Cork
Drombeg presides over a view that gently swoops down to the Atlantic a mile distant. Its organically sculpted, honey-colored stones form a circle that seems unlikely to be associated with the dying victims of human sacrifice.
Kells, Co. Meath
The Teltown Fair was said to include Olympic-like competitions of strength and agility, even horse races and staged battles. There was also a nearby spot where young men and women could join in a yearlong trial marriage.
Myths and Megaliths
The ancient Irish made their mark on the land with great stone and earthen structures. The legends that developed were thought to be among the earliest voices from the dawn of western civilization.