Machrie Moor Walk

The Machrie Moor walk is a 3 mile there and back walk starting near Blackwaterfoot. The six sets of stone circles date from neolithic times and are a must see

Machrie Moor Walk Machrie Moor Stones


Distance 3 miles - Start and finish at a small car-park 3 miles north of Blackwaterfoot
Height gain - flat
Well defined path

The importance of this site in ancient times can only be imagined. A range of stone circles, standing stones and chambered cairns dating from roughly 5000 to 3600 years old litter the landscape

Machrie Moor stone circle Machrie Moor stone circle

The site is now rough pasture and moorland but it must have been a well populated and probably farmed area at its peak.

The stones are up to 18 foot high but many, like the ones in the photo, are just a few feet high

The circles are all less than 40 foot in diameter

Whatever their purpose be it ceremonial or religious they still have a certain feel about them.

Whatever the appeal they are well worth a visit at this atmospheric location.

This walk can easily be done in conjunction with the Kings Cave walk which starts close by

 

Machrie Moor Walk

  • If arriving by car from Lochranza pass Machrie Golf course then about 100 yards after Machrie Water (river) there is a sign pointing to the Stones and an easily missed parking area on the right hand side of the road.
  • Please park carefully as there is only space for a few cars and a farmers gate which should not be obstructed.

    Machrie Moor stone Machrie Moor stone up close

  • Cross the road and climb over the stile by a gate
  • Follow the grassy path straight ahead
  • At the next gate and stile continue to follow the obvious path
  • You will soon come to a small stone circle and burial chamber which can be explored
  • Continue along the path to reach the ruins of Moss Farm
  • The track heads to the farm buildings but you need to head right to a gate and some display boards
  • From here you can walk around and visit the various stones and circles all laid out in front of you
  • The return route is back the way you came

 


 

Walking on Arran - details of a number of local walks

Kings Cave walk - a 3 mile walk to a famous cave

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