Machrie Moor Stones Walk, Machrie
Distance: 4.5km Time: 1.5 hours
Terrain: Farmers fields, tracks, aggregate footpaths, Muddy
Visit One of the Most Magical Locations on the Island.
The Machrie Moor Stone Circle Walk is a unique and unforgettable experience that takes visitors back in time to explore the ancient standing stones that date back to the Bronze Age. The walk is set in the beautiful Machrie Moor and offers stunning views of the rolling hills and the surrounding landscape.
The journey begins at the Machrie Moor car park, where visitors will find a signed parking area on the A841 road, south of the bridge over the Machrie Water. The first stage of the walk takes visitors through the pedestrian gate and along the farm track through the green pastures.
The second stage takes visitors through a gate, where they will see the first cairn over a fence to the right. There is a detailed information board here, which provides visitors with information about the history and significance of the site. The path continues to the ruins of Moss Farm and the double stone ring of Suide Choir Fhionn or Fingal’s Cauldron Seat, named after the legendary warrior and giant Fingal.
The third stage of the walk takes visitors to an impressive group of standing stones. Visitors will find a fine stone circle on the right and a path to the left that detours out to a particularly impressive solitary stone.
The fourth stage takes visitors to the finest group of three free-standing sandstone slabs the tallest of which is over 5 meters high. It is thought that the circles date back to 1600 – 1800 BC, but excavations have revealed they may have replaced even earlier wooden structures. The moor is also dotted with hut circles and other remains. Goatfell is prominent in the distance.
The fifth and final stage of the walk takes visitors back to the starting point, retracing their steps along the same route.
In conclusion, the Machrie Moor Stone Circle Walk is a unique and unforgettable experience that offers visitors the opportunity to explore the ancient standing stones, admire the stunning views, discover the rich history of the Isle of Arran and enjoy a great diversity of natural elements that the island offers. This walk is perfect for nature lovers, history buffs, and anyone looking for a serene and beautiful outdoor experience.