|re-visit midnight 20th/21st October 07
Managed to get down to see these stones at night this time. The yomp down the hill is pretty awkward without any light, as it's all pine needles, logs and bracken, with a fairly steep slope.
However, it was wonderfully peaceful. Some nice ground hugging mist and an appearance by the half moon made for an excellent atmosphere, but unsurprisingly (if somewhat dissapointingly), no ghostly figures gliding about anywhere. The quarts in the larger of the stones did manage to reflect the moonlight quite well, so it's easy to dismiss the ghostie tale as a misreporting of similar moonlight/quartz interaction, possibly enhanced by a bit of a more distilled kind of spirit. I dunno. Nice spot either way.
re-visit march 05
About 100m to the SE of the circle, there's what looks very much like a small barrow, built on top of a small outcrop of lovely red sandstone.
Didn't manage to get here after dark, so no chance to check out the spooky vibe thing mentioned below. Next time mebbe.
As Stubob says, there're only 5 stones, but they have some great texture going on. In an area littered with glacial erratics, there are some choice examples in this tattered but determined seeming survivor. I was hoping to be able to see over to Mayburgh, but there's just too much hill in the way. From the top of the hill, excellent view.
The trees have gone now, so it's possible to examine the other side of the drystone wall to look for the rest of the circle. It looked to me as if the earthwork below the wall must have some of the circle as grounding stones. About 100m SE there's a patch of binlinered bales, which hide a couple of big stones, which may be erratics, or may have once had something to do with the circle. I didn't have time to check at close range.
If you approach from Leacet Cottage Stables, on top of Leacet Hill, there's a path through the trees that starts badly, doubles back and heads straight for the circle. The last part of this isn't marked on the map, but then the map says the trees are still there.
The land belongs to Lowther Estates, who can be contacted for permission on weekdays, but note that Lowther don't work weekends.
Access is not really very good at all.
Posted by Hob
27th October 2004ce
Edited 23rd October 2007ce