Saturday, 1 August 2009

Standing Stones & Cairns



The Hebrides are scattered with stone circles in varying degrees of collapse - like this one in North Uist, where only a few stones remain. Even when the stones are falling over and covered in moss, I still think there's something magical about them.

Standing Stones

Calanais (pronounced ca-la-nish) is on Harris & Lewis is the really big stone circle up in the Hebrides... I actually liked it more than Stonehenge, but then I've never managed to get to Stonehenge and it not be horribly overcrowded. There are three different circles on nearby hills but this is the main one:

Calanais

Calanais

The hillsides are also scattered with ancient cairns - we even went inside this one:

Cairn

Cairn


10 comments:

A Scattering said...

Rachel, thanks for the tour! Your photos are lovely - I feel like I was there with you. Cheers, Elaine

Jacqueline said...

Wonderful photos Rachel! Thanks for sharing them. I could look at the views in Scotland for hours, but then I am biased!

Kazzy said...

How cool are those stone circles. I love they way they are left aloine, too. Reverent.

Chris said...

Ive always wanted to go to one of those and check it out.

Jeanne said...

Oooh! I would so love to visit Scotland -- there's nothing like this in the States. (Well, except for a life-size reproduction of Stonehenge in Washington State, done in concrete, in its complete state, which is kind of cool.)

Sarah said...

Fabulous photographs and so evocative. I have been to Stonehenge, but the surrounding scenery is no way near as beautiful. I felt like I had stepped back in time looking at those photographs and imagined myself in the midst of seasonal festivals to the Earth Mother. Wow! Thanks, I really enjoyed this post. Cheers, Sarah

Sarah Lee said...

Wow, so evocative and ethereal. I felt like I was there, thrown back in time, enjoying a seasonal festival of celebration to the Earth Mother. I have been to Stonehenge, but it's not set in the same breathtaking scenery. Thanks for this post, it was a joy to see and read.

Real Live Lesbian said...

Great pics! I'd love to go there!

Kevin Musgrove said...

I love stone circles. The Scottish islands are blessed with them and they are beautiful.

Si's blog said...

Fascinating. Want to come, too.

Remember going to the Baptistry in Florence. First church there. We could feel the souls bared there, the sandaled or bare feet that trod the floor. Can you feel the souls who prayed and celebrated there?

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