Beltany Stone Circle
Beltany Stone Circle
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  • jxx9595
    1,468 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem: Stone Circle
    A wonderful and different stone circle set in a field where sheep are grazing. Watch where you step! The circle is bigger than some, but it is a single and complete circle with an apparent and traditional S/SW alignment. You have to walk about half a mile to get to it so it may not be suitable for everyone. Kids will love the place.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 16 May 2023
  • Sue W
    Bolton, United Kingdom247 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spiritual
    It’s a stone circle in a sheep field but I just loved it. We followed google maps, parked and walk ~10mins walk. Also to the right of the gate is a small woodland which was full of mushrooms. It was like an enchanted forest. The view from the circle was lovely too.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Road63235185131
    Strabane, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beltany Stone Circle Raphoe
    Beltany is a Bronze Age stone circle just south of Raphoe town (Irish: Ráth Bhoth which means 'Ringfort of the Huts') in County Donegal. It's estimated to have been constructed approximately 5000 years ago based on recent archeological research funded by the Irish Heritage Council. Dating Beltany from about 3000 BC makes this monument older than Stonehenge and the the Egyptian pyramids (some published sources conversely date the construction of the stone circle at between 1300 and 800 BC). The enigmatic stone circle is situated on the summit of Tops Hill 170m (350Ft) the circle having a diameter of 44.2m (145Ft), a circumference of 137m (449Ft) with 64 stones, ranging in height from 0.3m (1Ft) to 2.7m (9Ft), although there were probably about 15 to 20 more stones originally, 80 in total. Enclosing an earthen platform the centre has been greatly disturbed and most likely the result of unscientific attempts at excavation by locals or for available loose stones to build farm buildings and field walls. This evidence was provided orally and recorded in the Ordnance Survey Memoirs of 1836 where it states, 'locals recalled the removal of vast heaps of stone and sepulchral type graves with bones'. If the center of the stone circle once held a cairn or passage tomb, then the stones of the circle may be considered remnants of the tomb’s kerb.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 November 2023
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Road63235185131
Strabane, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Beltany is a Bronze Age stone circle just south of Raphoe town (Irish: Ráth Bhoth which means 'Ringfort of the Huts') in County Donegal. It's estimated to have been constructed approximately 5000 years ago based on recent archeological research funded by the Irish Heritage Council. Dating Beltany from about 3000 BC makes this
monument older than Stonehenge and the the Egyptian pyramids (some published sources conversely date the construction of the stone circle at between 1300 and 800 BC).
The enigmatic stone circle is situated on the summit of Tops Hill 170m (350Ft) the circle having a diameter of 44.2m (145Ft), a circumference of 137m (449Ft) with 64 stones, ranging in height from 0.3m (1Ft) to 2.7m (9Ft), although there were probably about 15 to 20 more stones originally, 80 in total. Enclosing an earthen platform the centre has been greatly disturbed and most likely the result of unscientific attempts at excavation by locals or for available loose stones to build farm buildings and field walls. This evidence was provided orally and recorded in the Ordnance Survey Memoirs of 1836 where it states, 'locals recalled the removal of vast heaps of stone and sepulchral type graves with bones'. If the center of the stone circle once held a cairn or passage tomb, then the stones of the circle may be considered remnants of the tomb’s kerb.
Written 19 November 2023
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Sue W
Bolton, UK247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
It’s a stone circle in a sheep field but I just loved it. We followed google maps, parked and walk ~10mins walk. Also to the right of the gate is a small woodland which was full of mushrooms. It was like an enchanted forest. The view from the circle was lovely too.
Written 30 October 2023
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MAP12
New Orleans, LA600 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Our family loves stone circles and this one was in the area, so we went to see it. Easy to find - not much around except the circle and sheep!
Written 2 August 2023
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Christine H
Campbell, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The is a beautiful location to visit. Easy parking and walk up a tree tunnel path to the area. The circle is a sheep field so there is A LOT of sheep poop to avoid. The circle is on a hill so has stunning views.
Written 7 July 2023
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jxx9595
Washington, DC1,468 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
A wonderful and different stone circle set in a field where sheep are grazing. Watch where you step! The circle is bigger than some, but it is a single and complete circle with an apparent and traditional S/SW alignment. You have to walk about half a mile to get to it so it may not be suitable for everyone. Kids will love the place.
Written 16 May 2023
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weedander
Belfast, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This seems to be a bit of a hidden gem. We discovered it from a sign in Oakfield Park nearby where they have a standing stone. There is a small car park and a pleasant wooded walk to the stones. Watch out for the ruins among the trees. The circle is impressive and so peaceful.
Written 30 July 2022
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Brendan M
Dublin, Ireland26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Wonderful example of ancient celtic works.
Travelbugged should maybe take a breath and embrace the surroundings before sounding off.
Written 11 January 2020
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SorenHauge
Kirke Hyllinge, Denmark100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Beltany Stone Circle is a gem to visit. The 64 stones are situated in a landscape with a great view and the stones themselves are as diverse as we humans - an assembly of diverseness in unity. Be gentle and respect the place as a presence in the landscape.
Written 24 September 2019
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Tracee K
Hervey Bay, Australia51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Ancient, stunning, the walk up to the circle is gorgeous, the circle's energy is amazing. Make sure you have sturdy shoes on as very uneven surfaces.
Written 20 September 2019
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Travelbugged
34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
No dogs,no camping,no breathing,no food, no doing this no doing that....

Basically you're walking up there to look at some stones even the historians don't know what they are for, better forest walk across from main gate, play in the trees instead. Or dander down to town and laugh at the many alcoholics that infest this horrid area ....
Written 11 April 2019
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