This morning I arrived on the Isle of Arran off the west coast of Scotland for a short tour. Focus today was on prehistory with which Arran is well endowed.

Prehistoric Rock Art, Stronach Wood

Prehistoric Rock Art, Stronach Wood, Arran

First I went off to Stronach Wood, an isolated spot where can be found a well preserved portfolio of rock art and cup an ring markings in a good state of preservation.Dating with precision is extremely difficult but best guess is the carvings date back to between 3000 and 6000 years ago.

Next we travelled about 10 miles to visit Machrie Moor where can be found a heavy concentration of stone circles and standing stones dating back 4000 to 5000 years. The area is now largely covered by peat deposits but prior to climate change about 1000 BC was fertile ground and supported a large population.

Machrie Moor Prehistoric Site, Arran

Machrie Moor Prehistoric Site, Arran, Scotland