Great Britain is full of Standing Stones, left not by the Druids but by the folk who were here before the Druids (whoever they were – no one is quite sure). Stonehenge is one of the best examples, still monumental. But most of the ancient stone pillars are like the stumps of broken teeth now, worn down by the centuries of weather, easy to overlook. But there is still something magical about them. For whatever reason, somebody carefully arranged these stones – possibly to align with the stars – maybe as an altar to some ancient deity – maybe just for good luck. And here we are 7,000 years later and those stones are still tilting towards the same constellations.
I bought a little booklet that had maps and directions to all the “menhirs” on Skye, and my daughter and I spent a fair amount of time tramping across sheep meadows, unsuccessfully searching. Finally on our last day we found a set of 5 stones exactly where the map said they would be, standing unmarked in a field just a few miles from Portree. It was another day of improbably beautiful weather, so we got some great pictures.
Points of interest
These stones were not far from Portree, the largest town.