|V 832 635 ( OS map)||Diameter 2.4 x 2.5m (Pub.)|
|Visited July 1998|
Uragh is probably our
favourite circle from the1998 Irish tour, we had little or no prior information
on it as it was not mentioned in Burl (1),
we simply noticed the entry on the new Discovery series OS map and went for a look, so its spectacular nature caught us completely by surprise.
The circle stands 8km NE of Lauragh on the neck of land between Cloonee Lough Upper and Loch Inchiquin, the Ameen river is about 200m to the north.A huge monolith is set very close to the tiny five stone circle, and the whole is perched on a little terrace halfway up the hillside giving breathtaking views across Loch Inchiquin. In such good condition, it is hard to see how this site escaped inclusion in Burl’s gazeteer. The circle is a typical Irish five stone circle with average sized slablike stones tangentially placed, all are standing but the SE portal stone has started to fall. The monolith is a huge rectangular slab standing only 60cm from the axial stone, it has been arranged radially to the circle and it stands on, and is aligned with, the NE-SW circle axis, it totally dominates the site.
An incredible monument in a very dramatic location, Uragh should be at the top of the trip list for the megalithically inclined visitor to this region.