Arran Coastal Way. Machrie Moor Stone Circles to Blackwaterfoot. About 6 mi. Jul 2017.
With yesterday's northwesterly winds at my back, I sailed past my intended ending point, Imachar, walking an additional five miles. This meant a much shorter trip for today, and I took advantage of a few extra hours of sleep before heading out into the sunshine. (There is a swallows' nest just above my bedroom window, and they were up earlier than I would have liked. Still, I enjoyed their chatter.)
The bus dropped me off at Machrie Moor Stone Circles, my starting point. The stones, cairns and monoliths scattered over the moorland are the remnants of a Stone Age farming community. The most prominent vestiges are six Bronze Age stone circles nearly 4000 years old. After leaving the site, I turned toward the coast for a visit to King's Cave, where guillemots flew around me as I watched them enter and exit the cave. The path followed along the beach toward Drumadoon Point and its dramatic sandstone cliffs. Before long, I was back in Blackwaterfoot, in time to catch the village bakery before closing. All in all, an exceptional day. #scotland#isleofarran#blackwaterfoot#adventure#lonelyplanet#travelswithmyself#arrancoastalway#optoutside#celtictrails#gooutdoors#takeahike#memories
"Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be.
Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future."
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