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Arragon Moar Circle

Round Cairn


Visited 27th August 2003: Signposted from the A25, a tiny dead-end road runs past the field where Arragon Moar Circle sits. The road is only really used by farm traffic, and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was private. There's an absence of any signage to tell you where to stop once you've left the A25, so a map is very handy.

About 1km along the road it changes direction (turning south) and there's a gateless gateway into a field straight ahead of you. This is the best place to park and view the circle (and it's neighbor, Arragon Mooar Burial Cairn) from afar, or get a closer look by continuing on foot. When we visited Arragon Moar the field had recently been ploughed, and everywhere was really dry and dusty in a Holy Land kid of way. We parked up, and tramped through the dust to the circle.

Of course it's not really a stone circle (there aren't any true stone circles on Mann), but the site does consist of a close circle of relatively large orthostats sticking up out of a mound. Once this was a burial cairn, but now it may as well be an embanked stone circle, the end result is so darned close.

The views out to sea from Arragon Moar Circle are spectacular, especially looking south west towards Langness. If Arragon Mooar Circle and Arragon Mooar Burial Cairn are related to each another, then the circle must represent the burial of a superior chief/priest because it's got a much better position (in my humble). High up, overlooking the sea in one direction and the rolling fertile landscape in the other, it's a potent place to put a tomb. Well worth a visit, but like so many of the sites on Mann, not even slightly wheelchair friendly.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
3rd May 2004ce
Edited 3rd May 2004ce

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