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Croft Moraig in the Perthshire Highlands

Croft Moraig in the Perthshire Highlands

We came and saw this right after our visit to the Scottish Crannog Center it is very close.  What you cannot tell from the photo (nor from any that I took that day) is that this resides right on the road and in a farm's front garden.  And yet, while the location would seem to be lacking in atmosphere - it is such a formidable circle of stones that when you walk up to it (and the sheep scatter) it still packs a presence.

I wish I could add this to my other website (that is still in progress) but unfortunately I could not find any folklore relating to this site at all.  Not for lack of trying of course, not only did I scour the internet (it was thin on the ground) but in all my library of tomes on the subject.  I think the reason why the folklore has drifted away from this particular site is that it is has been magnificently excavated. This site has been studied so vociferously and thoroughly that such a hoard of information was gleaned from it that any dustings of folklore or fairy lore associated with it have since been sluiced off in the glow of knowledge.  Such as things go.

©jennifer bailey 2015 croft moraig perthshire

I could write and write about what they learned here - how it began as a wood circle and over the intervening hundreds of years it was changed to stone and re-organized multiple times to handle the assumedly spiritual demands of the neolithic people that resided here over four thousand years ago.  But all that's written about ad nauseum elsewhere and I don't relish re-hashing the information.  That is not why I love the ancient stone circles of Britain - I do find the archaeology fascinating, of course I do.  But digging around and guessing and guessing and guessing (because that is all it ever is and all it will ever be, full stop) just doesn't do a thing for me.  I think the best thing that they discovered here is the systematic refurbishing of the stones over time.   I think it's even more fascinating because now that we've discovered the 200+ stones near Stonehenge  that were purposefully buried and covered we can see how the reasons for building these monuments were fluid and changing with time.

©jennifer bailey 2015 croft moraig perthshire


Outlander fan?  Doune Castle a.k.a. McKenzie Clan HQ was a treat!

Outlander fan? Doune Castle a.k.a. McKenzie Clan HQ was a treat!

Returned from Dartmoor

Returned from Dartmoor