Hills & Mountains
The Islands: Arran
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The Machrie Moor Standing Stones
The walk to see the standing stones on Machrie Moor is one of the best short excursions on the island. The site and surrounding area contain a significant collection of prehistoric monuments, including not only standing stones but stone circles, hut circles and chambered cairns.
Machrie Moor itself contains six separate stone circles and apart from the archaeological interest there`s a good chance of seeing a variety of wildlife.
The most impressive circle, with three sandstone slabs, one of which reaches 18 feet (5.5m), has been designated Circle No.2 by archaeologists. Its other stones have long since broken but portions of some can still be seen. A number of excavations have taken place on this site and it has been established that people have stayed here since around 3,500BC but the stone circles themselves were not erected until 1,000 years later.
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