Isle of Albion
Twin stone circles in Kilmartin Glen.
Photographed: Saturday 27th September 2014
Other Names: Half Moon Wood
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Temple Wood is part of the Kilmartin Glen complex, and consists of two adjacent stone circles, both infilled with mounds of stones.

The northern circle is the earlier of the two, and is believed to have originated as a timber circle. It dates to around 3500BC, with the timber posts being replaced by a ring of stones some 500 years later.

The southern circle dates to around 3000BC and is roughly twelve metres in diameter, with thirteen out of a possible original count of twenty-two standing stones still in situ. In the centre of this circle is a burial cist surrounded by a small circle of stones.

Around 2000BC, burial cairns were created outside the perimeter of the second circle (the first circle having been, it is believed, decommissioned by this point), and further burials took place within the ring itself.

At some point, the second circle was enclosed by an outer perimeter of kerb stones holding a ring of cobbles between themselves and the inner perimeter. The inner burial cist dates to this period.

Today, the most the second circle is easily the most striking of the two, with its remaining standing stones forming an impressive ring. The earlier circle is little more than a mound of stones. The position of the circles within a grove of trees, in close proximity to the other monuments of Kilmartin Glen, make this an an extremely pleasant site to visit.