05.09.2011 - 05.09.2011 14 °C
The weather is slowly getting greyer and the clouds look threatening though haven't really delivered much rain. But we decided to have a couple of local walks and tourist activities today. The first was to a standing stone circle called Na Dromannan. Except the standing stones weren't standing, they were flat and the thinking is that they were never placed upright. This brings up many questions like why create a standing stone circle but not complete it? Lugging the stones into place would have required quite a bit of work.
On the way back home from the circle we stopped at Dun Carloway, a broch, or stone house. These were the houses owned by prominent families in an area and were a sign of prestige. It's estimated it would have taken 20 people about a year to construct one. It has a double-skinned stone wall and there was a staircase between the walls that led to the first floor. The ground floor was occupied by animals. The roof was a turf and thatch mix and there was a fireplace in the middle of the floor. Like the standing stones, we were impressed at how the stones were put into place, especially the big stones like the lintel. And also, the relatively smooth sloping walls.
In the evening we went Dail Beag (small meadow) - a local beach. It is a beautiful sandy beach and we had a cliff top walk so we could look at a rock arch. It is a beautiful coastline.
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