The construction of stone circles began sometime during the late Neolithic and continued through into the Bronze Age. It was after 2500 BC that circles of standing stones became increasingly popular in Britain, with many stone circles erected within an existing ‘henge’. It has proven difficult to date these monuments accurately as there are no other archaeological artefacts associated with the stone circles.
The ‘Druids Circle’ above Penmaenmawr is one of many stone circles that are scattered across the landscape of Tan y Fan, it is the most well known and the best example of stone circles we have in this part of North Wales. Although it is called ‘Druids Circle’, it has no relevant connection to the ancient Druids as the stone circle predates them by a few thousand years.
I have included an O/S number on all historical sites to enable everyone to locate using an O/S map.
Tre’r Dryw Bach – sacred circle (now destroyed, possible oval rems. of a ditch) – Brynsiencyn, Anglesey SH464671
Llandygai – Neolithic ceremonial monuments and two henges (destroyed by industrial estate) – Llandygai SH594710
Carreg Lefain Cairn (Hafodlas) – ring cairn – Llanrug SH541617
Dyffryn Mymbyr – stone circle – Bethesda SH650564
Cors y Carneddau, Cefn Coch – stone circle (9 stones) – Penmaenmawr SH718746
Druid’s Circle – early Bronze Age stone circle and standing stones – Penmaenmawr SH723746
Monument 280 – Megalithic stone circle ring cairn (near Druid’s Circle) – Penmaenmawr SH722746
Circle 278 – Bronze Age ring cairn (near Druid’s Circle) – Penmaenmawr SH721746
Circle 275 “Little Druid” – late Bronze Age stone circle (5 stones) – Penmaenmawr SH725747
Red Farm Circle (Bryn Derwydd) – stone circle – Penmaenmawr SH732750
Hafodty – Bronze Age stone circle – (nr Henryd) Conwy SH747753
Cerrig Pryfaid – Bronze Age stone circle (10 stones) – (nr) Rowen SH724713
Hwyfa’r Ceirw – stone alignment (possible ancient path) – Llandudno SH765840
Llyn Eiddew – Bronze Age ring cairn – (nr) Talsarnau, Harlech SH646349
Bryn Cader Faner – an impressive Bronze Age cairn stone circle, with 18 jagged slabs – (nr) Talsarnau, Harlech SH647352