So where should I begin this post on Donegal?
Well let me back up to my visit early last week to Beltany Stone Circle — which is in a stunning location in the middle of nowhere!
I missed my turn off just south of Letterkenny.
Then missed it again as I came back. So I kind of got a bit lost out on the rural roads of this area. But I didn’t mind as it was really beautiful with lots of sheep grazing in the hills.
With the help of Google maps and a website I had stumbled across months ago, I found my way to the village of Raphoe (which I learned is pronounced RA-foe) and there I found plenty of signage to the stone circle.
Now it was a chily, windy day.
Overcast although no rain.
Once I parked I took the short walk through a really cool canopy of trees up to the field where Beltany lies.
Walking across the field, I couldn’t help but understand why the ancient people chose this spot for this sacred circle. The 360 views are fabulous! I don’t know what it looked like thousands of years ago, but my guess is there were still stunning views.
Today there are about 60 or so stones all around
But there may have been as many as 80. Most are not very tall, although there are a few that are.
I walked into the middle of the circle. I did a 360, imagining what the ancient people used this for. You can’t help but feel their spirit when you are in a special place such as this. My imagination runs wild with what they looked like, what they wore and what they used the stone circle for.
No one knows for sure.
I placed my hand on some of the stones…
Willing the ancient people to talk to me. But no luck on this trip.
Yes I’m a bit obsessed about these places. I’m simply curious. I just want to know what these stone circles are all about.
I spent a good bit of time here despite the fact that it was really windy and quite cold. If it had been warmer I probably would have spent a couple of hours here!
These ancient sites really pique my interest and my inner explorer.
I realize not everyone feels this way about stone circles…
Or dolmens or passage tombs. So this site may not interest you at all.
But if you do find these ancient sites at all intriguing, then I would highly recommend a visit to Beltany.
It’s not really the difficult to find — once you find your way to Raphoe. And it’s an easy walk to the circle. And it’s really in a stunning location.
For you ancient history geeks — put it on your list!