United Kingdom Journals

Seeking the Stones

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A travel journal to United Kingdom by BawBaw

Dunadd Photo, Scottish Highlands, Scotland More Photos
Quote: As a traveler and a photographer, one of my greatest joys is finding opportunities to connect with the monuments of our ancient ancestors. This journal shares memories of some of my favorite locations in the ancient landscape that is Britain.

Cairnpapple Hill

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Attraction | "Ancient Rites and Sacred Stones"

Cairnpapple Hill  Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
Quote:
Just so there's no misunderstanding, Cairnpapple Hill isn't that easy to find. In October 1999, its location was not well signposted from the main road through Linlithgow. We misplaced ourselves both going and coming, so I can't be particularly helpful in providing directions. The best I can offer in advising those who want to visit this wonderful site is to head west out of Linlithgow, turn south at the edge of town, and hope for the best. The signposting does improve as you get nearer. Linlithgow, in turn, is just a few miles west of Edinburgh. Little is known for certain about the purposes underlying the Cairnpapple monuments, but it is reasonably clear that this was a place of great re...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2010

Cairnpapple Hill

Edinburgh

Clava Cairns

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Attraction | "Romanced by the Stones"

Clava Cairns Photo, Inverness, Scotland
Quote:
Standing stones and chambered cairns. Barrows and cists. Henges and hilltop forts. Cup-and-ring markings. Broches and crannogs: These are more than just the terms used by archeologists to categorize the prehistoric relics of Western Europe. For many among us, such words touch the wellsprings of humanity's youth, speaking to us of an ancient and mysterious past. They fan the embers of our collective unconscious, reviving the sense of wonder and respect that our ancestors felt for the simple magic of changing seasons and the gift of life.Clava Cairns is one among many prehistoric sites in Scotland where a person can touch--and be touched by--these ancient stones. This group of cairns is loca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 2, 2010

Clava Cairns
6 miles East of Inverness near Nairn
Inverness, Scotland

Arbor Low Stone Circle and Henge

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Attraction

Arbor Low - Henge and Stone Circle Photo, Derbyshire, England
Quote:
Derbyshire has a generous share of megalithic relics from humanity’s Neolithic past. These stones—raised to honor gods whose names are no longer spoken for ceremonies that remain forever mysterious—hold a magnetic attraction for me. As I believe they did with our ancient forebears, these stones inspire me with awe. Indeed, they somehow manage to forge links across centuries, evoking the human inclination to seek that which is divine within ourselves, the world around us, and the universe at large. One such monument is Arbor Low, a recumbent stone circle and henge located on the Oldham Farm about 10 miles southeast of Buxton. Reached from the A515 via the B5057, final access is gain...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2004

Nine Ladies Stone Circle

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Attraction

Nine Ladies Stone Circle Photo, Derbyshire, England
Quote:
The Nine Ladies stone circle stands in a grassy meadow high in the Peak District along the edge of Stanton Moor. Cloaked in legend, it also lies at the epicenter of a 4-year firestorm pitting big business against a host of environmental activists, plus a handful of Wicca devotees. It all comes together to turn an exquisite archeological site into the stuff of modern melodrama. The 4000-year-old Nine Ladies circle is located about 4 miles southeast of Bakewell and 3 miles northwest of Matlock. Administered under the jurisdiction of English Heritage and the National Trust, it is accessed off a country lane between the villages of Birchover and Stanton Lees. When Himself and Yours Truly visited ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 11, 2004

Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Derbyshire, England

Kilmartin Glen

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Attraction | "Crossroads in Time"

Nether Largie Photo, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Quote:
Imagine a secluded valley, a Highland glen in the West of Scotland. Imagine the verdant greens that typify the landscape of the British Isles, interspersed with rivulets and lakes. Imagine comfortably spaced farms with sheep and cattle grazing placidly. Add a picturesque village complete with a steepled church, pub, post office, and small hotel. Then superimpose on that imaginary landscape an astonishing number of standing stones, cairns, henges, cists, barrows, crannogs, enigmatic stone carvings, the remains of ancient forts, an occasional castle, and other assorted monuments from the past. If you can summon all these images together in your mind's eye, you'll have a reasonably good idea of the spect...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2010