Stone Circle, Machrie Moor,

Stone Circle, Machrie Moor, Arran

 
This evening, I am focusing on a highly concentrated and architecturally diverse collection of stone circles which ranks the site as one of the most important in Western Europe.  On this particular site can be found:
  • Chambered Tombs
  • Hut circles
  • Six megalithic rings.

A feature of this site is that the six rings (stone circles) have been deliberately sited on Machrie Moor below a prominent notch on the high skyline to the N.E. where Machrie Glen divides into two steep-sided valleys. Four of the rings are sited so that the notch is intersected exactly on midsummer morning. The other two rings are only just out of alignment.

Radiocarbon determinations have suggested a dates for parts of the site of around 2900 BC to 2500BC.

Image at top shows a ring which was actually egg shaped.There is one tall pillar of sandstone, three visible stumps and five buried stones.

Image below features four low granite boulders but originally there may have been a total of five thus possibly categorising the ring as an Irish Five-Stone Circle.

 
Stone Circle, Machrie Moor

Stone Circle, Machrie Moor, Arran

 
The iconic ring  below features three tall sandstones with heights up to 5.3m. These stone may have been brought from a site two miles away. The two circular stones are millstones shaped from toppled standing stones in modern times.
 
 
Stone Circle, Machrie Moor

Stone Circle, Machrie Moor, Isle of Arran

 
The ring below had for long been covered by peat and was discovered as recently as 1978. The shape  is very unusual being neither circular, oval, egg-shaped nor spiral. The shape may be a function of the linking of two semi circles.Ten of the stones are sandstones with one of granite.
 
Stone Circle, Machrie Moor

Stone Circle, Machrie Moor, Arran

 
Image below is of a complex ring-cairn for burial purposes.
Ring-Cairn, Machrie Moor

Ring-Cairn, Machrie Moor, Isle of Arran, Scotland

This ring is an elipse about 13 to 14 m in diameter. It is comprised of six granite erratics and six sandstone blocks placed alternatively. The particular sites dates back  to between 5500 and 6300 years. First there were timber circles dating back about 5000 years then the stone circle  appeared in the Bronze Age, about 4000 years ago.
 
Stone Circle, Machrie Moor

Stone Circle, Machrie Moor, Arran, Scotland

 
 
Ring below is known as Suide Choir Fhionn or ‘Fingal’s cauldron seat’. This concentric ring has eight small boulders in its inner ring and fifteen smaller in the outer which has a diameter of 18.1m
 
Stone Circle, Machrie Moor

Stone Circle, Machrie Moor, Arran

 
 
The images below show two chambered burial cairns.
Chambered Tomb, Machrie Moor

Chambered Tomb, Machrie Moor, Arran

 
 
 
Chambered Tomb, Machrie Moor

Chambered Tomb, Machrie Moor, Isle of Arran, Scotland

 
An exceptional site which be visited in conjunction with the rock art site  near Brodick.
 
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