Field Notes 6: Ardgroom Stone Circle

This is as far West as I am going today and it’s into Cork and to Ardgroom Stone Circle. Situated about 2 km East of the village of Ardgroom. This tall craggy stone circle sits in a commanding position near the foot of Coomacloghare mountain, on the North side of the Beara peninsula. The circle has nine of it’s eleven original stones still upright with one fallen over and another missing. The upright stones range from about 1.5m to 2m tall. Similar to other circles in the area, there is a huge standing stone placed just outside the circle. This one is nearly 3m high and was put here ‘before’ the stone circle, which itself has been here nearly 3000 years. The views over Kenmare estuary and across to the Iveragh peninsula and the Ring of Kerry are amazing and as I stood at the axial stone looking out between the entrance stones (which are aligned north-northwest), I saw that they framed the highest mountain peak perfectly. I am presuming it must be Carrauntoohil as it lies in that direction and it would be the tallest (but my geography was never the best). If anyone knows what mountain it is (see photo below), please let me know ? If it is Carrauntoohil, it can’t be a coincidence that the circle faces out that way. Time to turn in that direction myself and start heading back home.