Landscape view of Machrie Moor, Isle of Arran, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the Machrie Moor prehistoric site on the Isle of Arran in S.W. Scotland. This is  one of the most important such sites in Western Europe.

Location is 2.25 miles NNE of Blackwaterfoot on the west of the island. To reach the site entails a walk across farmland for about 1 mile.

The site comprises ruins of chambered tombs, hut circles and megalithic rings all sited on a low-lying triangle of flat, sandy land or ‘machair’.

Prior to construction of the stone structures and monuments the site had been farmed (by Neolithic peoples) with pottery evidence dating back to 3900 BC. Wooden circles were replaced by stone.

The stones comprise granite and sandstone with oldest circle dating to 2900 BC.

Six rings are aligned with the summer equinox via a ‘notch’ on the skyline to N.E. Four of these rings are intersected exactly on midsummer morning whilst the other two are slightly out of alignment.

A dynamic site which was in use for about three thousand years through to around 1000 BC.

Stone Circle No 2 at Machrie Moor

Circle no III at Machrie Moor, Arran

Stone circle no 1 at Machrie Moor, Arran

Circle no 1, Machrie Moor, Arran, Scotland

Double ring of Stone Circle no 5 at Machrie Moor

Machrie Burn Four Poster, Arran

Four Poster stone circle at Machrie Moor, Arran

Stone circle 11 at Machrie Moor, Arran

Burial Cairn at Moss Farm, Arran

Moss Farm Ring -Cairn at Machrie Moor

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