Fodor's Expert Review Magh Adhair

Craggaunowen Project Archaeological Site/Ruins
Wander off the beaten path to discover the inauguration site of Ireland’s greatest king, Brian Boru. Weaving through narrow country lanes, Magh Adhair appears to the left like a grass-coated mound of earth just past a small stone bridge that crosses Hell River. The mound is in fact a natural amphitheater where a lone voice could cut through large crowds during important regional ceremonies. It’s one of the most sacred druid sites in Munster and believed to be the final resting place of Adhar, whose brother, Aengus, built Dun Aengus—a giant hill fort overlooking the ocean in the Aran Islands. Watch out for the bullaun (basin) stone altar, which looks like a giant’s molar with a smooth, bowl-shape top. The druids believed that this altar captured hallowed water that protected their chieftains during and after life. Park the car before reaching the site as the road is very narrow.
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