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Cronk Karran

Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork


Visited 5th March 2012

This really is the most idyllic location for a site, I'm blown away (and not for once by the incessant Manx winds).

We initially found it tricky to find, no signposts indicate its presence, and there are a maze of little lanes around the village of Cregneash. We took a narrow left turn just after the village car park, heading towards the coast, having spotted a sign to 'The Chasms'. The lane soon ended near the cliff tops at a bumpy car park. Heading towards the old cafe building, now just used as a shelter, we opened the gate and entered the chasms.

They are well named, as yawning gaps litter the area. Picking our way through them we initially head left, (as it turns out the wrong way!) and spend about twenty minutes clambering around and trying to find the site. Eventually after heading back the other way we spot the circle and work our way down to it.

Now the sky is a gorgeous blue and it's wonderfully sheltered here at Cronk Karran. I'm sitting in the circle listening to the call of the gulls and watching the sun sparkling on the sea.

Although there is some argument as to whether Cronk Karran is a cairn circle or hut circle, to me it clearly feels like a dwelling place rather than a site of burial or ritual.

One section of the wall is double skinned, but this only extends for around six feet and has clearly defined ends. It reminded me of the stone beds built into the houses at Skara Brae on Orkney, and I wonder if it was used for this purpose here? Certainly after reclining in it for a while it was just large enough for me to stretch out fully, and in the warmth of the sun, on the relatively soft grass, I'm almost dozing off.

After reading Kammer's fieldnotes I had high hopes for this site , and it doesn't disappoint, it'll be hard to tear ourselves away. Cronk Karran is a definite must visit if you are on Man.
Ravenfeather Posted by Ravenfeather
21st March 2012ce
Edited 22nd March 2012ce

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