Arran – the walks
The trail to Machrie Moor Stone Circles is an out-and-back walk of 4km. Before we got to the main event, we passed Moss Farm (above), the burial cairn of a powerful person who lived about 4,000 years ago, and Fingal’s Cauldron Seat (below), named after the legendary warrior Fhionn / Fingal.
We stepped through a gate just beyond this onto open moorland and the sight of five separate stone circles – the tallest standing stone is over 5m high.
Kilpatrick Preaching Cave
A coastal walk took us to the well-hidden Kilpatrick Preaching Cave. After the Highland Clearances in the 19th century, when the Earl of Arran evicted many of his tenants to make room for more sheep, local people showed their disapproval in the only way they could by rejecting the Earl’s choice of minister. The Preaching Cave provided a suitable meeting place for the congregation. A sad story, but a beautiful setting.
String Road Viewpoint
Returning to Brodick on our last afternoon in Arran, we crossed the island via the String Road (B880) from which a short trail led to a beautiful viewpoint. Ayrshire was just visible on the horizon.
And behind us were beautiful mountain panoramas.
The next morning, we took the ferry back to the mainland while hoping to return to Arran soon.
Linked to Jo’s Monday Walks – today she’s taking us to Bolton Abbey, and her cyber-companions are walking all over the world.
Ooooh, wonderful photos. I’m definitely going to visit those standing stones. And thank you for explaining the significance of the Preaching Cave.
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A very nice walk. Those stones and cave are so interesting. They look very ‘pagan’
Thank you! The stones certainly are.