Monday, 22 April 2013

Machrie Moor Stone Circles

Monday 22nd April 2013 

An windy afternoon walk to visit the Machrie Moor stone circles on the west of Arran

Distance: 4km; Ascent: negligible; Overcast and dry, but very windy; with Lynsey & Isabel

After escaping the rain at Brodick Castle this morning, we headed round to the west of the island for an afternoon wander up to the stone circles on Machrie Moor.  We set off walking at around 2:30pm and headed west on the muddy track across the fields with Isabel in the pushchair.  By now the rain had stopped but it was still very windy - I was glad I wasn't up any hills today!

Burial cairn by Moss Farm Road
A little over half a kilometre after leaving the road we reached a 4000 year old burial cairn to the right of the track.  We continued for another kilometre to reach the impressive stone circles and standing stones of Machrie Moor.

Standing stones on Machrie Moor
Standing stones on Machrie Moor
Standing stones on Machrie Moor
Standing stone on Machrie Moor
After visiting some of these impressive 4000 year old stone circles we retraced our steps past Fingal's Cauldron to head back to the car before stopping for tea and cake in the pleasant tearoom in Machrie :-)

Fingal's Cauldron

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