“How many museums can you go to where you can examine a Bronze Age pot and look out of the window and see the burial mound where it came from?” Tony Robinson, Time Team
|Ballymeanoch Standing Stones|
Kilmartin was on my list for one and only reason: its standing stones. I have always been fascinated with these mysterious relicts from the past. Nobody can figure out why the same pattern (dolmens, kromlehs, standing stones) is to be found on the island, in France, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and God only knows where else. They are, beyond doubt, connected with the position of the constellations and probably represent some sort of ancient wisdom.
If you are coming from Oban to Kilmartin for a day (as it was my case), you have to limit your choice and check out a certain number of the available 150 prehistoric monuments. But in case you are staying longer, go ahead and try to cover the whole region.
|Nether Largie Standing Stones|
Basically, what I did was a circle, starting from the center and following the pathway behind the church going south. It took me roughly 4 hours of moderate walk. I passed the cairns and then the first portion of standing stones. No blah-blah, take a look at the pictures below.
|Marks on the Stone|
My walk went on past a few small farms and numerous herds. When I reached the river, I thought it would be better to turn left and slowly start to go back. All of a sudden, I came across a sign Moine Mhor (I know it sounds like the Lord of the Rings) Nature Reserve. I could not skip this.
You can call me stingy ..... but I don’t like spending money on drinks and stuff when I am on a trip. But, in these surroundings, I really felt like spending a few pounds on a cup of tea and home-made cake. So, back in the centre of Kilmartin, I gave my modest share for preserving the local customs and heritage. Make sure you don’t miss the lunar stone and the churchyard with the collection of medieval carved grave slabs, close to the bus station.
Anyway, my overall impression: aye 10 out of 10.