October 2022

We had a few days in Argyll, north of the Kintyre Peninsula, near Crinan.

We were particularly interested in Kilmartin Glen, a valley rich in Neolithic and Pictish monuments.

 

 

 

A 5 ˝ miles walk, mostly on surfaced track, that takes in the majority of the Neolithic monuments. Much the usual route described elsewhere, but with a slight extension to visit an engraved bolder. Allow at least 3-hours, or four if you’re particularly fascinated!

 

Glebe Cairn

 

Neither Largie North Cairn

The most complete of the burial cairns. The interior is accessible via a sliding hatch (just visible in the photo above) that opens into a shaft and steps into the burial chamber.

 

Photos of the interior of Neither Largie North Cairn, showing the burial cist and cover stone carved with symbols.

 

Over the centuries since their construction, the Kilmartin cairns have been plundered for their stone. Neither Largie Mid Cairn, above, has had much of its stone removed.

 

Neither Largie South Cairn, above, is more intact and it is possible to enter the interior space.

 

Whereas not as complete as the north cairn, Neither Largie South Cairn interior is very atmospheric.

 

Following a track through the field from the south cairn you come to a group of standing stones.

 

From the standing stones head back to the road and the Temple Wood Stone Circle.

 

Clearly not as impressive as Stone Hedge, Temple Wood Stone Circle still has an atmosphere of its own.

 

The most southerly site on our walk was Ri-Cruin Cairn.

 

A little-off the beaten track the Ballygowan rock art is well worth seeking-out. What did these marks signify?

No one knows.

 

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