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Bant's Carn (Entrance Grave) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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3rd August 2015ce

Innisidgen (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

From Innisidgen lower it is but a two minute walk to this bigger better burial chamber. I'm no linguist but I've decided that an Innisidgen is a stunningly beautiful place with an ancient site that you wouldn't mind spending eternity at, it should be entered into the next edition of the dictionary. It's almost my idea of absolute perfection, what it really needs is some big mountains across the water and I would literally never go home.

The burial chamber is kind of hunched high on one side as you look at the front, inside is graveled and dry, I could easily sleep in there for a night, in fact, you could bum around the island for several days sleeping in a different chamber each night, though some might frown upon this, you know what people are like.
The big tree nearest to the chamber has a long rope hanging from it, a tarzy i'm informed, it keeps the kids occupied whilst I lose myself in this paradise.
The chamber is sited on a slight ridge that allows good views east, north and west, I'm not very beach oriented, but the way the light shines on the sea is, well it's lovely. But even the way the light strikes the grass, the ferns, the rocks, it's really too much for this Cheshire plains based soul to take.
All too soon it's time to vacate the premises, the kids almost have to drag me down off the rocks next door to the chamber.

I will certainly be back.
A perfectly blissful place.
postman Posted by postman
3rd August 2015ce

Innisidgen Lower (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

It all got a touch confusing trying to find this place, I couldn't work out which turning to take off the main road, in the end a passing walker asked if we needed any help, to which I jumped at. He directed us down Pungies lane, then turn right onto McFarlands down, after about a hundred yards of rough cobbley track you come to a sign Left to Bants Carn and right to Innisidgen. We took the bikes with us as far as we could then left them and walked on down the footpath along past the beach, passing a rather redundant Innisidgen sign, a single path, with no turn offs, and half way along it is this daft sign pointing the only way you can go anyway. It should have been back along the track where it would have been informative and helpful.
And we're there, we sit on the dry mossy grass next to the chamber, have an eat and drink, and wonder at our surroundings, I have to keep pinching myself and reminding myself that were still in England, in England, but this definitely isn't Crewe Toto.

The whole mound and chamber are built upon a slope just above the sea line, the chamber is open at both ends, and only two capstones remain. Some big white kerb stones are showing.
It's a great little tomb, but overshadowed somewhat by the wondrous surroundings, I've not got much connection with the coast or beaches, but this place is lovely, but not quite as lovely as Upper, up there, but it's not visible from here because of the verdant growth of ferns, but I can see the rocks that overlook it.
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3rd August 2015ce

Innisidgen (Cairn(s)) — Images

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