Isle of Albion
Photographed: Friday 10th October 2014
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Machrie Moor is the remains of a stone circle with a diameter of roughly 13.7m. It is believed to have originally consisted of seven or eight sandstone megaliths. Three of these survive upright, while the stumps of others are visible in the area immediately surrounding the stones. When observing those stumps, the circular nature of the original formation becomes apparent.

The tallest stone rises to approximately 4.9m, whilst the shorter stone rises to roughly 3.7m Two fragments of stone are visible between the uprights, apparently cut from a fallen stone with the intention of crafting into a millstone - probably some time in the 1700s.

Machrie Moor II is the poster child for the stone circles of Machrie Moor. It's visually stunning, and clearly visible from quite some distance. In the right weather, the view of the stones across the moor is absolutely breathtaking. It would take a hard heart not to be moved by the sight.Up close, the stones are imposing and full of character. They really do command the landscape. Words can't really do them justice, and I'd definitely recommend this site as one of the finest ancient ruins in the British Isles. Getting here is no small undertaking - especially from England. Approach it as a pilgrimage and go away refreshed and humbled.