Near the village of Culdaff, on the Inishowen peninsula, County Donegal, stands an ancient ring of standing stones. It is estimated that the site dates from between 1500 and 3000 B.C.E and was no doubt a location of worship and ritual.
There would have been over 30 stones originally but now only 7 remain, and an early (1816) excavation revealed graves nearby.
The site sits back from the road on private land and is not easy to locate. The best way to find it is to leave the village of Culdaff heading South towards the Church at Bocan, take the first left after the church turning onto a road which appears to be little more than a lane but is marked L5931, just after the pine trees a few meters up the road there is a gate on the right and the stones stand in that field atop the hill. On a clear day you’ll be afforded beautiful views across the countryside but wear suitable shoes as the ground is muddy and leave dogs in the car as the field contains livestock.
Stone Circles, as with oak groves (see an earlier post) were believed to become gateways between the worlds at Samhain; where on all Hallow’s Eve certain people could slip between the stones into the land of the Sidhe and were never seen again.
This site has a reputation for scrambling electronics with tales of phones dying and cameras failing to work whilst there, as standing stones are thought to magnify the energy running through our landscapes these stories may hold merit, indeed one of my fully charged camera batteries died minutes after arriving in the circle, a quick sprint to the car for my spare and a superstitious offering to the gods of the place and I managed to get a few photos before dark.