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Ri Cruin


<b>Ri Cruin</b>Posted by greywetherImage © greywether
Nearest Town:Lochgilphead (10km SSE)
OS Ref (GB):   NR825972 / Sheet: 55
Latitude:56° 7' 4.16" N
Longitude:   5° 29' 57.08" W

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It is perhaps surprising that although the other sites in Kilmartin had lots of people visiting (despite the weather) there was no one here. I parked in the lane near the house (also a B+B) and took the short walk up the little path which runs alongside the house. I had read about the axe head carvings and spent ages laying on my belly with my head in the cist trying to spot them. I was jusy about to give up when I noticed the other cist - and there they were (3 of them if I remember correctly) quite easy to spot once your eyes adjust. The first, and so far only, axe head carvings I have seen. Well worth a visit. Posted by CARL
8th June 2010ce

I enjoyed visiting this site more than any of the other cairns in the area.

It was totally deserted, and very peaceful. The axehead carvings in the south cist are very nice, and I was quite taken with the capstone of the west cist.

I couldn't make out any traces of a cup-and-ring on the stone of the south cist, as is shown chalked in Greywether's photo, but then, maybe the light has to be just right for it to appear. I find it nicer to think it may actually be there, hiding in plain view.
Hob Posted by Hob
12th August 2005ce
Edited 13th August 2005ce

When visited in August this year, someone had chalked in a cup and ring mark on the large flat horizontal stone to the right of the axeheads. Widely spaced rings with a groove.

Not something you would do on a whim so did someone see something which only shows up in certain lighting conditions?

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greywether Posted by greywether
11th December 2003ce
Edited 11th December 2003ce

This place gave me goosebumps as I approached - there is so much more to the place than meets the eye. The setting is difficult to place in relation to the other linear cemetry sites, as unlike the others it is completely surrounded by trees. This does give it a unique feel though - something like Wayland's Smithy. I took a long break here as the sun streamed through the trees. IronMan Posted by IronMan
25th October 2002ce
Edited 17th December 2002ce


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