True Highlands Blog
Clava Cairns is a well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. For many years, it played second fiddle to its more famous neighbour, Culloden Battlefield. That all changed in 2014, with the release of the TV dramatization of Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander novel. Clava Cairns became a bucket list destination overnight, after it was suggested that Outlander’s fictitious stone circle, Craigh na Dun was inspired by the site.
The stones and rocks that form our landscape us tell us more than just geological tales. Some are like living memorials to a strange part of our history. They tell of myths, legends and ancient traditions, unexplained mysteries and superstition. Here are just a few Scottish stones with stories to tell.
The iconic image of Stonehenge is famous the world over. There is no doubting it is an impressive sight, but the fact that English Heritage have turned the visitor experience into something akin to a theme park, (with a price to match) where you still can’t get close to the stones themselves, has led to a resurgence of interest in Scottish alternatives.