Visits For December, 2003

Sunday, 21st December 2003

A Ritual Hillside in Co. Wicklow

After starting the day with some 'long-range' sites (i.e. ones that I just saw from the roadside) I then went for a hill walk and encountered a seriously intact, but peat smothered, ritual landscape.

Two marked cairns led me to the top of Lugnagroagh mountain where forestry has taken it's toll, but fortunately the area I spent a couple of hours wondering around hadn't been touched - let's hope it stays that way!

Around the most southerly cairn is a scatter of possible standing stones, proto-altar type rocks and a few probable enclosures. This hill, on the west edge of the Wicklow mountains, offers phenomenal views across Co. Kildare to the west and back into the Wicklows to the east. The south is dominated by Church Mountain (County Wicklow) and Sorrell Hill (County Wicklow) to the north east.

Ballynabrocky (Co. Wicklow)Barrow3 New Images
Athdown (Co. Wicklow)Standing Stone1 New Image
St. Mark's Cross - Burgage (Co. Wicklow)Cross1 New Image
Burgage (Co. Wicklow)Cross1 New Image
Burgage (Co. Wicklow)Standing Stone1 New Image
Blakestown Upper (Co. Wicklow)Cairn4 New Images
Blakestown Upper (Co. Wicklow)Standing Stone3 New Images
Blakestown Upper (Co. Wicklow)Rock Outcrop4 New Images
Lugnagroagh (Co. Wicklow)Cairn3 New Images
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