I first wrote about standing stones here. I mentioned in that post how interested I was in seeing them.
Let me share some of the others we found.
This cross though not as ancient as other standing stones is a unique 18 ft high Runic Cross that stands in the apse in a Ruthwell Church about 10 miles from Dumfries, Scotland. To enter the church the sign on the door said to go to the church manse. There was a little box with a large skeleton key that opened the church.
The Lonely Planet guide said this writing in a Saxon runic alphabet is one of the earliest examples of English language literature.
The inscription was written by Caedmon in the seventh century AD.
That same afternoon we found the Torhouse Stone Circle outside of Wigtown.
This well preserved ruin dates from the 2nd millennium BC.
It's fenced off from farm fields.
Across the road were these 3 stones - totally out of place in the field but probably moved there in ancient times.
When we visited JM Barrie's home town of Kirriemuir and experiencing the camera obscura he donated to the town we were directed to this standing stone.
I had Dan stand next to it so you can see the height of it.
We learned about cup stones when we visited the Crannog Centre and were shown how these holes could have been made.
Why stones have them is not known.
If you were walking and came upon this stone you'd probably think like I did that its made by erosion. These cups were made by humans 3000 to 5000 years ago.
I still have so much more to share. I hope I can do that before we're off on another trip to Europe in 2018.