Machrie Moor is probably the best known area for stone circles on Arran. Whilst the main standing stones themselves are around 2000 yrs BC, they are actually on the sites of previous wooden structures thought to date back to 4500 BC, and some are almost 5m high! There are six circles in total – it’s a very ethereal place – and you can access them via a farm track. Further north, and off the moor, there is another circle at Auchengallon, which can be accessed by parking at the foot of the hill, near Machrie Garage and walking up the track. Historic Environment Scotland care for both Machrie and Auchengallon standing stone circles.
The Druid stone at Auchencar, in front of the Old Byre Visitor Centre, was one of two – the other is sadly lying down - and dates from 3800 and 2500 BC. There are other standing stone son the East of Arran too – check out the one opposite Brodick Primary School right at the roadside, and also as you come down the Castle drive there are three in fields – two on your right and one on your left.