Kilmartin Glen, Argyll

Kilmartin Glen, Argyll, Scotland

 
 
This evening, I am focusing on a very ancient landscape on the West of Scotland, namely Kilmartin Glen. This valley may have been occupied by man for about 10,000 years with those of prehistoric era bequeathing us a legacy of  intriguing stone monuments set out in a linear cemetery. This location must have been held in special reverence for within a six mile radius of Kilmartin there are 25 sites with standing stones.
 
Image above shows a view of the Glen looking south from the Church.
 
There are other aspects of Kilmartin to consider such as the church (Christian worship here probably dates back about 1500 years), a collection of medieval graveslabs dating from the 14th-15th centuries and intriguing, prehistoric rock-art in nearby Achnabreck.
 
The purpose of this post is to give a flavour for the physical mounuments which still exist and which may just represent a fraction of the original complement of structures featuring cairns, standing stones, cists, stone circles and avenues which may date back up to 5000 years.
 
 
Kilmartin Glen Prehistoric Site

Kilmartin Glen Prehistoric Site, Scotland

 
 
Kilmartin Glen Prehistoric Site

Kilmartin Glen Prehistoric Site, Scotland

 
Temple Wood Stone Circle, Kilmartin Glen

Temple Wood Stone Circle, Kilmartin Glen, Scotland

 
Dunchraigaig Cairn, Kilmartin Glen

Dunchraigaig Cairn, Kilmartin Glen, Scotland

 
Ballymeanoch Stones, Kilmartin Glen

Ballymeanoch Stones, Kilmartin Glen, Scotland

 
Standing Stones, Kilmartin Glen

Standing Stones, Kilmartin Glen, Scotland

 Prehistory is of great interest to me and I look forward to visiting this site again later in 2012.

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