Machrie Moor, Isle Arran, an important prehistoric site.
Machrie Moor prehistoric site is accessed via a two-mile, round trip walk along rough farm tracks from a parking lot on the central, western side of the Isle of Arran which in turn is located off the west coast of Scotland.
Information on the Machrie Moor site:
- The site comprises ruins of chambered tombs, hut circles and megalithic rings all sited on a low-lying triangle of flat, sandy land or ‘machair’ from which the site's name is derived.
- Prior to construction of the stone structures and monuments the site had been farmed (by Neolithic peoples) with pottery evidence dating back to 3900 BC. Wooden circles were replaced by stone.
- The stones comprise granite and sandstone with oldest circle dating to 2900 BC.
- All six circles are aligned with the summer equinox via a ‘notch’ on the skyline to N.E.
- A dynamic site which was in use for about three thousand years through to around 1000 BC when most of the stone circle sites in Britain fell into disuse at a time which coincided with subtle climate change.
Artist's impression of housing in the prehistoric period.