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Continue on the footpath and you will reach the main site, three-quarters of a mile across the fields.In 1993 I visited the two groups of small white boulders which lie to the right of the path, then further down on the left several beautifully mysterious tall, red stones.These are called Na Sgeulachan in Gaelic ('teller of tales' in English) and may have been used for astronomical purposes or they could have belonged to a temple.A dozen crannogs (ancient loch dwellings) have been surveyed by Mark Holley.Before you reach Dervaig along the road from Tobermory, if you have a good map of the area, you might like to explore some of the nearby standing stones.You will see a couple marked on the map to the left of this road, then closer to the village are the Kilmore standing stones located just inside the forest on the right.ISLE OF COLL Archaeological sites on Coll include a cairn at Arinagour, a souterrain at the Arnabost crossroads and Iron Age forts such as the ones at Dun an Achaidh and Feall Bay.Two standing stones can be found in the west at Totronald.

Robert Pollock has produced a guide with diagrams covering some of these stones.

KILMARTIN Some 30 miles south of Oban, the area around Kilmartin is rich in history.

Around the village many prehistoric and medieval monuments can be found including burial cairns, stone circles and cup-and-ring engravings.

Further on near Calgary (13 miles west of Tobermory), there's the Cillchriosd standing stone.

At Ardura you can take a track down to Lochbuie, home of the Mac Laines and site of Moy Castle and a Bronze Age stone circle.

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