My last day on the Western Isles before catching the ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool. It is fair to say that I leave Lewis with a heavy heart but I am comforted in the fact that I have more adventures to come.
On the way to Stornoway I can make one last site visit - Druim Dubh.
I am afraid to report that the Halfway garage is now closed, boarded up and starting to fall into disrepair. There is a lot of litter about. It does however still provide a good marker in order to spot the stone circle.
The remaining stones have all fallen and are all about 1 metre in length. The stones occupy a slight rise. Pity they aren't re-errected.
If you are ever heading to Stornoway (as you do) this ruined circle is well worth a quick look.
Visited 6th August 2004: This is an easy site to find thanks to the Halfway Garage. My visit was extremely brief because we were pressed for time, but to be honest there isn't a great deal of ambience to be soaked up here.
In Issue 147 (page 98) of Current Archaeology (published 1996), there's an article describing the discovery of Druim Dubh. This is the taster:
A new stone circle has been discovered at Druim Dubh on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. . Local archaeologist Margaret Curtis describes how she discovered the circle while travelling to Stornoway on the bus to do her shopping, and scanning the countryside: and there it was, a fallen stone circle sitting in peat cutting, beside the road!
A terribly constructed paragraph, but it serves it's purpose.