Silent Sunday…… Off to a Very Different Church


The Nether Largie Standing Stones,  Kilmartin, Argyll

We are not visiting a conventional Church this Sunday but none the less a place where over 5000 years ago, in the Neolithic era, people gathered for communal ceremonies.  Burial and Tribal occasions plus celebrations and worship related to the seasons.

The Standing Stones are covered with what are known as “Cup and Ring”  marks. Many theories relate to there interpretation but none seem definitive.

Nether Largie is just one of over 350 ancient sites in an area no bigger than 6 miles around Kilmartin…. and part of Kilmartin Glen.

Standing Stones, Burial Cairns and Kist’s can be found all across this Argyll Peninsula that pokes out into the Irish Sea.


Temple Wood Burial Cairn and Standing Stones


Kilmartin Glen and Nether Largie

The Religious significance of Kilmartin has continued through the millennia from those early Neolithic times. Over the centuries the changing generations have sought to discover Religious solus in Kilmartin and the surrounding Glens.

Today many visitors seek out Kilmartin Church and the nearby Visitors Centre.  The Church itself is also  host to a number of carved stones from a different age. Intricately carved Crosses and  elaborate Memorial Stones dating  from before 1300AD through to the 1600’s AD.  Many are in the open within the Church grounds whilst the most precious have been taken into shelter.


 Kilmartin Church is still the Parish Church and retaining the link through religious time back to the Neolithic worshipers.

Even in todays busy world Kilmartin Glen is a place of tranquillity and peace.

14th April

(C) David Oakes 2019


Wordless Wednesday – Another Favourite Place

A Bonus Location….Kilmartin Glen.

Kilmartin Glen, Argyle, Scotland….

Over 350 Ancient Monuments of which 150 are pre-historic….all within a 6 mile radius of the village of Kilmartin.

11th May

(C) David Oakes 2016.

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Weekly Photo Challenge–Beginning


Nether Largie Standing Stones

The nominated theme for this weeks challenge was defined as ‘Beginning’…..but just where is the beginning was it at the moment of the  Big Bang it may well have been.  But if we travel back in time over 5000 years will that do?   For it is over 5000 years since man erected these Standing Stones.  They are part of a collection of over 350 ancient remains in a 6 miles radius, 150 of which are said to be prehistoric.  The location is Kilmartin Glen, Argyll, West Scotland.(see map below).  This area would appear to have been of great importance across the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, for some 3000 years a place of ancient celebration, worship and finally burial with Standing Stones, Stone Circles, Chambered Cairns and Burial Cists.





Even in more recent times this area has held a religious significance for countless Christian generations as witnessed by these Ancient Stone Crosses at Kilmartin Church,







a  fine collection of carved Grave Stones known as the Poltalloch Stones (circa 1300-1600)


and a further collection of Grave Markers in the Burial Chapel…..


But back to where we began..the beginning and those Stones Circles and Cists and perhaps these twin Stone Circles, one within the other, known as Temple Wood Circles is  the best place to close this submission……


4th January

© David Oakes 2014


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