Temple Wood stone circle was in use a thousand years
before Skara Brae. It is probably the most complex ancient site in Argyll and
widely considered to be the centre-piece of the Kilmartin ritual landscape.
Ritual activity would have been ongoing since before 3000 BC.Timber
posts would have been set up and dismantled around key events in the lunar and
It is thought that the northern circle was constructed to align with the
mid-day sun on the winter solstice.
The large circle dates from around 2500 BC and was built in several phases.
It's thought to originally have had 22 stones, of which only thirteen
Directions: aftre walking round Temple Wood, if you are in the car
drive on to the next and final stage: Dunchraigaig & Ballymeanoch.
There is a small sign-posted car park space on the left a few miles down
the road. If you are continuing by foot, again please be careful of oncoming