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5. The Beaghmore Stone Circles

Top 10 ten places to visit in Northern Ireland - County Tyrone and Lough Neagh

The Beaghmore Stone Circles

Tyrone is peppered with thousands of archaeological sites, and the most impressive are the Bronze Age Beaghmore Stone Circles, in the southeast of the Sperrin Mountains.
 
There are seven stone circles, ten stone rows and a dozen round cairns (burial mounds), some containing human remains. All of the circles stand in pairs, except for one, which is filled with over eight hundred upright stones known as Dragon's Teeth. 
 
Although most of the stones on this lonley site are not more than a metre tall, the complexity of the ritual they suggest is impressive. The alignments correlate to the movements of the sun, moon and stars, and two of the rows point to sunrise in the summer.
 
How to get to the Beaghmore Stone Circles
From Cookstown, take the A 505 west and follow the signs. The stones are located up a track three and a half miles north of the road. 
From Gortin, take the B46 east onto the A505, from where they're well signposted up a track three and a half miles north of the road.

The Beaghmore Stone Circles Opening Times:
All year round

The Beaghmore Stone Circles Admission:
Free

T  +44 (0)28 8076 1112

F  +44 (0) 28 8076 1116

Cookstown Tourist Information Centre Address:
Burn Road
Cookstown
Tyrone, BT80 8DN
Northern Ireland, UK

Cookstown Tourist Information Centre Opening Times:
October to May, Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Saturday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
June and September, Monday to Saturday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
July and August, Monday to Saturday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Sunday 2.00 to 4.00 pm
Bank Holidays, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Cookstown Tourist Information Centre Admission: 
Free 

T (028) 8676 9949

F (028) 8676 5853

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