The Beara peninsula is home to lots of neolithic sites: for example the area around Tuosist is home to various stone circles such as those in Drombohilly, Cashelkeelty, Shronebirrane and Uragh. Today we choose to visit the latter.
Spectacularly set against the backdrop of Gleninchaquin Park and its waterfall, the stone circle here is easy to reach along the R571 turning off for Gleninchaquin. There is a donation box at the small car park where the landowner asks to leave 1 euro.
The small road further up forms part of the Beara Way walking route towards Lauragh. A small distance up this road you can find a famine house and another stone circle. You could keep on following this road (which eventually becomes a track) back onto the R571, and from there on via the Tuosist Post Office over quiet backroads towards the turn-off for Gleninchaquin. It’s signposted as the Sheain Ui Shuilleabhain Walk.
The Upper Clonee lake and the Inchaquin Lough make this a very scenic area that is lovely to explore on a nice day. However I must admit we were a little bit put off by the amount of donation boxes. I would imagine visitors to this area, after having paid the entry fee for Gleninchaquin park, would be slightly set back by this.