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    Posted August 9, 2014 by
    Kure Beach, North Carolina
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    Bonny Scotland

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    Ring o' Brodgar

    Touring Scotland for this first time this May I was struck by the varied grandeur of this incredible country. Enormous mountains of the highlands pouring "Tears of the Giants," sweeping peat bogs, emerald fields with sheep and highland coos, lush gardens and snow-capped peaks, I fell in love with this country on the spot.

    A ferry ride from Thurso on the mainland to Orkney Island took us to various archeological areas of interest. I had been looking forward to seeing my first standing stone ring since booking this trip!

    Walking though heather and wildflower fields we came to the Ring of Brodgar. Part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, the Ring of Brodgar is located in Stenness on a plateau on the Ness o' Brodgar.

    This is the third largest circle ring of stones on the British Isles. Some stones have toppled, one split in half by lightning, but the rest remain erect, spotted with colorful textured lichens.

    A small moat or ditch surrounds the ring of stones, and the area within the circle is a field of heather within which I spied a lot of oystercatchers, stark black and white sea birds.

    Laying my hands on the stones I couldn't help but imagine how these gigantic stones were moved here, erected and buried so deeply. Orkney Island's Ring o' Brodgar was an experience I'll never forget.
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