Walking over the hills and moors of Western Scotland it is hard to imagine the land was once part of a floating continent that took it below the equator before bringing it up north and attaching it to Britain. The rocks and formations of today’s Scotland, especially in the Western Isles, are an archaeologists dream. Into this scene we place the neolithic people who built the village of Skara Brae, discovered in Orkney, and the Ring of Brodgar and Stones of Stenness. Clearly these were a sophisticated people existing in a thriving community. We cannot ignore these ancient people as they were the forerunners to the people of Scotland. Skara Brae is a fascinating village showing houses connected by a series of passageways and a community workshop. The stone furniture is a surprise – they have beds, shelves etc. It took many hands carrying clay and stone to build the village and the other neolithic edifices. At Skara Brae one walks above the houses getting a “drone like” view of the village. The stones at the Ring of Brodgar demonstrate that many different villages were involved in its construction as the stones come from different places across Orkney. The Stones of Stenness have an ethereal feeling about them and people have been known to feel very positive energy radiating from them.
Quick break from editing Scotland photos and working on the book today. The summer theater season