Beehive-huts, a type of Clochan, are dry-stone huts with a corbelled roof. These huts are believed to date from the 1100’s when Norman conquerors forced the Irish off the best land and out onto the far reaches of the Dingle Peninsula. They are commonly interpreted as the secular dwellings of Early Christian Monks. Having survived the test of time, these huts are available for viewing for small fees, usually around 1 Euro.
These stone structures are scattered around County Kerry, but there is a good concentration of them along the Slea Head Drive, on the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland. Several of them are linked together to form little compounds or communities, with walls to enclose livestock.
It is fascinating to walk through these structures and imagine making one of these huts your home. It must have been a rugged lifestyle, but perhaps the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean were worth it.
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