STONE CIRCLES AND STANDING STONES

STONE CIRCLES AND STANDING STONES

Shrouded in mystery, the ancient sites and structures of stone circles and standing stones are intriguing places to explore during your time in Galway. Although the purpose of these sites is not always clear, many of them date back centuries, which is incredible in itself that they have managed to withstand the test of time!

Stone circles found in Ireland tend to be composed of smaller stones. However, all stone circles tend to have the same layout in that the largest stones of the circle form the entrance, the lowermost / axial stone was erected opposite, and the passage was usually oriented towards the sun, the moon, or particular stars. Although there’s uncertainty over their exact use, many believe the stone circles were used for rituals and ceremonies.

Similarly, the use of standing stones in the past is also relatively unknown. Some believe that they may have been used as markers of ancient routes through the land, meeting places, territory indicators, or memorials for a burial which took place there. Some standing stones found date to the Celtic era in Ireland and are also called Ogham stones. These stones bear the Celtic markings on the stone, which distinguish them from other standing stones which existed long before.

Although we may never fully know what these sites were used for, they certainly add mystery, intrigue, and fascinating history to the landscape across Galway!

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