What Are Thin Places? Video of Sacred Sites

Frequently, people ask me what thin places are. Typically I respond, "a thin place is a place where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin. Here's a video with images of Ireland, that explains the thin places concept.   Consider subscribing to our YouTube Channel so you can be notified when new travel videos appear.

The Celtic harp music in the background is by Anne Roos. The song is Craigieburn Wood from her Light in the Forest collection. I'm grateful to Ann and her publisher for allowing me to use this music in the video.

Video Image Listing
Several have asked so here is a listing of the 33 images in the video in order of appearance.

  • Sliabh na Caillí - This photo was taken from the top of Sliabh na Caillí - or "Hill of the Hag" in County Meath. I was standing just near Loughcrew tombs .. a very thin place
  • Glencolumbkille - County Donegal ... these stones are one of the final stations in the Glencolumbkille pilgrim walk.
  • Gallarus Oratory - Dingle
  • "The sleeping giant" - one of the Blasket Islands off the coast of Dingle
  • Beehive huts - Dingle
  • Ardmore, County Waterford - site of St. Declan's monastic community, the first Christian community in Ireland.
  • Uragh Stone Circle - on the Beara Peninsula, County (the Kingdom of) Kerry
  • Muckross Abbey, county Kerry - cloister walk ruins with giant yew tree in the center.
  • Statue of St. Patrick at Ballintubber Abbey (County Mayo) - marking the beginning of the pilgrim's walk up the holy mountain - Crough Patrick.  The mountain can be faintly seen in the background. 
  • Brandon Bay at the foot of Mount Brandon - Dingle  (Mount Brandon is hidden in the clouds)
  • A view from Mount Brandon - Dingle
  • The Rock of Cashel taken from the Hoare Abbey runis, County Tipperary
  • Dolmen at Carrowmore megalithic burial ground - County Sligo
  • Benbulben - County Sligo
  • Tobar na Molt - "Well of the Wethers" - Inside of the chapel at this site, located in County Kerry near Ardfert.  Believed to be the place where St. Brendan was baptized and where St. Ita is buried.  Holy well outside. is adjacent. 
  • The Well of the Wethers - holy well at Tobar na Molt (pilgrim is kneeling next to the well) - chapel is the stone building
  • Caldragh Cemetery, County Fermanagh - site of two janus figures seen here as the taller stones.  This is both an ancient cemetery and present day cemetery.
  • Tobar Bride - St. Brigid's Holy Well in Kildare.  Pilgrimage site with markings doing prayer "rounds"... near site where St. Brigid founded her monastery.
  • "Clooties" on tree adjacent to St. Brigid's Holy Well in Kildare - tokens of devotion.
  • Signpost for Castleruddery Stone Circle in County Wicklow.  Near Glendalough
  • Stones from the Castleruddery Stone Circle
  • Lia Fáil - or "Stone of Destiny" or Coronation Stone of Tara - Hill of Tara, County Meath.
  • Clonfert Cathedral - site of St. Brendan's monastic community.  St. Brendan is said to be buried outside the church doorway. 
  • Kilmacduagh Monastery ruins in County Galway, near Gort.  Monastery founded by St. Colman (son of Duagh). Famous for its leaning round tower.  A magical place!
  • Knock shrine - County Mayo - More pilgrims travel to this site than any other in Ireland.  Place where Virgin Mary, St. John and St. Joseph appeared to villagers in 1879.  Apparition has been recreated in stone.
  • The "Autograph Tree" at Coole Park, home of Lady Gregory.  Famous literary figures including W. B. Yeats, Bernard Shaw, J.M. Synge and Sean O'Casey carved their names or initials in this copper beach.  The tree still stands.
  • Gougane Barra - smallest church in Ireland - County Cork.  Built on the site of the monastic settlement founded by St. Finbar.  
  • Thoor Ballylee - Castle in County Galway restored and lived in by W. B. Yeats.  It was from this place that Yeats wrote The Tower and many of his later collections.
  • The Burren - meaning "great rock", this place in County Clare is a vast wasteland of rock - very mystical. .. like a moonscape.  Visitors feel compelled to build "cairns" or small towers made of the rock scattered throughout the landscape.  Ancient settlements can still be identified here.
  • Cairns built in the Burren by visitors.  Hundreds of these are scattered across the landscape.
  • Poulnabrone dolmen - ancient tomb in the Burren, tall enough for a man to stand underneath the capstone.
  • Cashelkeelty stone circle, County Kerry - on the Old Green Road running down the Beara Peninsula.  Seeing this circle requires a trek off the main road (about 2 miles). 
  • View from the road up to Mount Brandon.  This rainbow stayed in the sky a full 20 minutes.

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    1. Thank you again for using my music in this lovely video! Now I know where these photos were taken :-)

    2. How beautiful. Now I have a "name" for them. I've found a few thin places too. One is posted on my blog from last Sept. (possibly posted in Oct.)- an abandoned church and cemetary in Louisiana which friends of mine had passed many times but had never seen as it had been hidden by trees and overgrown. It had been cleared away enough to see when we passed by- it "revealed" itself to us just for our visit.

    3. I love this footage - I hope you dont mind if I re-post it on my blog....


    4. Cammy - Don't mind at all if you repost. I love you blog. It's refreshing to see such a happy mother. Your children are beautiful.

    5. Anne - Your music makes the video. So perfect. Thanks for letting us use it.

    6. Carol - I love the swamps and overgrown brush in the south. Just returned from a trip to Savannah and was stunned by the how magical the Live Oaks are. Glad you found your thin place there.

      Also, loved finding out the true definition of plantation... on you September post. The things you learn from blogs!

      thanks for stopping by here.