Big Old Stones & Broonies

Standing stones

Kintyre is pretty ancient – I know this because we have old things here – I mean really really old things – some of these things are so Awesome and so Ancient that a BIG part of me believes they were put here by the Gods, or the Sidhe (fairies) at least.    Sadly I know man did some of the work – but magic was definitely involved – and I know this because I have FELT it

And ….

So have others – so it’s not just mad old me.

All down the West coast of Kintyre runs a line of standing stones and cairns, some of these are visible and some are not – some are all alone and some of them exist as a wee gang looming over the coast just keeping a wee eye on the passer bys –

I would like to talk about two of these Antiquities that I have had personal contact with

The first is a single very tall standing stone called Beacharr – it is near Tayinloan and after excavations in the 1892 it revealed a new type of pottery that was forever after called Beacharra pottery

Beacharr Stone stands looking out over the Island of Cara and when I was a lassie my Dad used to tell me the story of how the Stone got there in the first place… would you like to know too?

So … if you are all sitting comfortably I shall begin –

In the days of the fighting and feuding between the Clans – there was a Clan called the MacDonalds and a Clan called the Campbells and they really didn’t like each other, you may have heard of this before…

Anyway,  the MacDonalds owned the island of Cara and it has its own Broonie that protects the Clan members. One day a Wild and Bold Campbell dared to land on Cara and started wandering about it – the Broonie was raging and turned itself into a Giant and started to chase it off the island, a sharp stone wedged in the Giant/Broonies sandal and he stopped to pull it out – he chucked it over his shoulder and it flew across the water and it landed on a hilltop at Beacharr Farm. 

The rest is history…


Our second trip to a Magical Place is to Ballochroy

A trio of beautiful stones that align with the Paps of Jura and on the night of the Summer Solstice something magical happens.

The first magical thing that MAY happen – the sun will shine and a breeze MAY blow the midges away…

This will ensure the second magical thing will happen, however if the sun isn’t shining and it’s raining and cloudy – come back next year,

But if the sun is shining but the wind is low – BRING A MIDGE NET.

As the sun sets, it rolls down the side of the middle pap (mountain) and will sink – but if you are really lucky and the Gods like you – it will appear again in a flash that takes your breath away…

If you are handy with a dowsing rod or a hazel twig have a look for the Ley Line that runs through the stones and down the peninsular.


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Just to reassure you all this kind of thing does not happen on the Solstice - the midges are far too fierce xxx

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Away Down South following St Columba

One of our staff (Zofia) has lived in these parts for 25 years and it became apparent that in all that time, she had never drifted down past the legendary Muneroy Stores and their amazing cakes made by the Fabulous Frances


So we had to remedy that - 

We headed out of Campbeltown following the signs to Southend – enjoying the beautiful farming land around here, and if you also head this way - be aware that you are heading in the direction of the most Westerly point of Scotland and the closest point to Ireland from Britain. 

As you enter Southend  


Go straight past Muneroys – but come back later – you will not regret it… 

Leave the village with the lovely sandy stretch of beach on your left – that points to Dunaverty Castle and Rock – where the terrible massacre happened -

Come back here when you are ready to be steeped in a bloody atmosphere but for now let us continue South …


Not far beyond you will see a wee car park on your left and a long golden beach stretching away ahead of you with big rolling waves inviting you to jump in – great for doing handstands in… 


From this car park you can visit St Columba's Footprints, Well and Cave 

The story I was always told was – that St Columba popped into Keil – Southend on his way from Ireland to Christianise the Wild Pagan Picts – thinking this would be a good place to get started he settled in his Cave – Blessed his Wee Well and carved/magicked a footprint in a rock at top of a wee hill.  A lot of work – considering he then got back in his wee coracle and headed further North to Iona.   


I’m not sure why he gave up on the Wild Southenders – but I think they enjoyed following the Old Gods too much.   


From here you can go South to the Mull of Kintyre – but that my Lovelies is for another day and another blog  

I personally would head back to the village for a wee cuppa and a tremendous cake. 

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