Thursday, April 16, 2009
Cultoon Stones Circle
In researching the Clan Macdonald, I have found a few intersting things about the lands that they held. There is a place called the Cultoon Stones Circle which seems to have served a similar purpose to that of Stonehenge.
The Cultoon Stones Circle is situated at the Rhinns of Islay on the west side of the road between Portnahaven and Kilchiaran and is easily accessible. There are three upright stones and twelve stones lying prone around the perimeter of an elipse measuring 40.7 by 35.1m. A remarkable feature of the site is that all the prone stones are lying on the old Bronze Age ground surface, now covered over by a growth of peat several feet deep. Two of the stones (one standing and the other a now empty socket) align to show the position of sunset at the Winter Solstice - the longest night of the year.