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Machrie Moor

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Machrie Moor
Author: Mattreed, Published: 28 Apr 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Machrie Moor Walking Guide star0 Machrie Moor Walking Guide star0 Machrie Moor Walking Guide star0 Machrie Moor Walking Guide star0 Machrie Moor Walking Guide
Ayrshire, Arran
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Machrie Moor
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Machrie Moor Walking Guide boot Machrie Moor Walking Guide
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A 3 mile 'there and back' walk on the Isle of Arran, taking you through the Machrie Moor Stone Circles, a set of six stone circles dating from around 3,500BC. The moor is covered with other prehistoric remains including other standing stones, burial cairns, hut circles and cists.

The walk follows a farm track and grass paths across the moor that can get muddy. There are no stiles on route but you will need to negotiate several gates. The gradients are relatively gentle. Approximate time 1 hour.

There is a car park 5km north of Blackwaterfoot and about 1km south of Machrie on the A841. The nearest post code is KA27 8DX, but this is not exact, so use the live GPS map to guide you. Buses will stop at the car park on request.

Walk Sections

Start to Moss Farm Road
Start to Moss Farm Road

Start point: 55.5452 lat, -5.3379 long
End point: 55.5425 lat, -5.3293 long

The walk starts by passing through the pedestrian gate and then winds along the farm track through various gates until the ruins of Moss Farm, where there is an information board and the Fingal's Cauldron Seat stone ring.

Moss Farm Road to Machrie Moor
Moss Farm Road to Machrie Moor

Start point: 55.5425 lat, -5.3293 long
End point: 55.54 lat, -5.3145 long

Continue along the track, passing some ruined buildings on the left and pass through a gate to Machrie Moor. There are two information boards on the right.

Machrie Moor to Macrie Moor 3
Machrie Moor to Macrie Moor 3

Start point: 55.54 lat, -5.3145 long
End point: 55.5408 lat, -5.3139 long

Past the information boards there is a stone circle on the right (Machrie Moor 4) and at the bottom of a path to the left is the impressive Machrie Moor 3, originally consisting of nine stones but now only one still stands which is 4.3 metres high.

Machrie Moor 3 to Machrie Moor 2
Machrie Moor 3 to Machrie Moor 2

Start point: 55.5401 lat, -5.3139 long
End point: 55.5406 lat, -5.3121 long

Machrie Moor 2 is the most visually striking of the circles on Machrie Moor. The circle is 13.7 metres in diameter, and may originally have consisted of seven or eight tall sandstone slabs, three of which survive. The heights of the three intact stones range from 3.7 metres to 4.9 metres.

Machrie Moor 2 to Machrie Moor 11 and 1
Machrie Moor 2 to Machrie Moor 11 and 1

Start point: 55.5406 lat, -5.3121 long
End point: 55.5406 lat, -5.3107 long

Machrie Moor 11 (a low stone circle with a diameter of around 13 metres) and Machrie Moor 1 (an ellipse with axes 12.7 metres and 14.6 metres formed from six granite boulders and five sandstone slabs, arranged alternately) are the final 2 circles at the far end of the collection of circles. Goat Fell can be seen in the distance on a clear day.

Machrie Moor 11 and 1 to End

Start point: 55.5406 lat, -5.3107 long
End point: 55.5452 lat, -5.3378 long

Now it is simply a case of retracing your steps, returning back to the car park by the same route you came.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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