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Darven Cottage (Bed & Breakfast, Sannox)

If you visit Arran, stay here.

It is in the beautiful village of Sannox and has 2 standing stones within a 2 min walk from the front door (one in next door's garden!)

Fantastic hosts, friendly dogs, wonderful views, beach access and great meals. Nuff said.
4th June 2010ce

The Auld Kirk (Hotel, Ballater)

This is a must-do if you are stone-hunting in Aberdeenshire. A converted Kirk, it has the most amazing restaurant and ridiculously comfortable rooms.

An absolute treat after a day out in the field, in-expensive rates and that cracking restaurant, serving locally-sourced produce.

The best place we have stayed on our many stone-hunting trips in the UK.
15th August 2008ce

The Old Forge (Bed & Breakfast, Marlborough)

Stayed here whilst celebrating my 40th birthday in the Avebury area. Within easy walking distance of both East & West Kennet Long Barrows, The Sanctuary, 7 Barrows and Avebury.

Lovely B&B; we had the deluxe room which over-looked the river and we were kept amused in the evenings with the appearance of a barn owl, who spent a good couple of hours swooping in front of our window!
17th April 2008ce

Cairnholy Old Farmhouse (Bed & Breakfast, Near Gatehouse of Fleet)

Cairnholy 2 is practically on the doorstep of this great place. If you don't want to wander too far from the stones, you can request evening dinner (home cooked and eaten in the dining room with Steve and Linda, the owners) and spend the as much as time as possible at the 2 sites.

We watched the sunset over Wigtown Bay from Cairnholy 1, went in for dinner and then came back out and sat at Cairnholy 2, star-gazing and pondering upon the meaning of life. Perfect!

Yes, the farm buildings intrude upon Cairnholy 2 but I cannot think of a better place to want to stay when visiting this part of Scotland.
7th November 2004ce
A recent move to a bizarre coastal village which gets cut off by the tide twice daily has meant my stone-hunting has become less frequent and also necessitated us selling the VW campervan (boo!) but.....I am still attempting to discover everything within my natural hunting grounds (N Lancs/Cumbria) and I keep being drawn further north to Scotland.......a recent trip to Aberdeenshire has helped develop a healthy obsession with RSCs!

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