For us, the megaliths, alignments and dolmens of Carnac region inspired awe and a sense of wonder. Walking among the megaliths, sitting in the dolmens, running your fingers over the artful, grooved images on the stones, it’s easy to feel transported back in time. Your imagination takes over and you’re hauling the stones, participating in the rituals, the prayers, the dances. This is one of those places where you experience the Celtic “thin” boundary with the spirit world.
We first discovered the megaliths, alignments and dolmens while planning our visit to Brittany. Fans of Stonehenge and similar sites, we were surprised we hadn’t heard of Carnac before, especially considering their broad extent (they cover much, much more ground than Stonehenge) and easy accessibility. While Stonehenge is now fenced off, it’s still possible to sit directly inside several of the ancient dolmens.
If you’re interested, it’s well worth going beyond the large alignment sites to the (only slightly) more remote dolmens just a few kilometers outside Carnac. Just off the roads, or a short walk into some fields, you can have your own private moments sitting in the dolmens, contemplating the mysteries and communing with the very distant past. We especially liked the dolmen near the beach at Locmariaquer. The brief boat trip and visit to the tumulus and dolmen at Gavrinus is also striking, beautiful and memorable. You’ll also get more from the overall experience if you read up on the sites online before you travel.
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