Twilight Dreams

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There’s a valley, shrouded in the mists of time, and swirling with the echoes of ancient dreams. Here at Dunadd, the tribe of the boar ruled supreme, their kings living in luxury on top of this ancient hill. Dynasties rose and fell beneath these skies, and this setting sun, with fortunes dreamed and spent from the crests of ocean waves.
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These coastal waters connected the ancient people of Argyll with the rest of Europe, Africa and Scandanavia. Ships from the Baltic, the Black Sea and Constantinople sailed past this shore, trading treasures and dreams. Ships from these shores headed south and west, seeking their fortunes, and later the Vikings sailed through.
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Now nothing but dreams and memories echo beneath the setting sun, as peace settles across this green earth and this place of ancient dreams. Power rests, sleeping for now beneath the stones and rocks of the ancestors.

These photos were all taken in the Kilmartin valley, Argyll, Scotland. This valley is home to the richest concentration of prehistoric and dark age monuments in the UK. Numerous stone circles, standing stones and burial cairns litter the ancient landscape, and the past seeps through the shadows and gaps between the stones.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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38 Responses to Twilight Dreams

  1. gwynnrogers says:

    I am an avid fan of Diana Gabaldon’s books and writings, so you have just slipped me through the time-warp and thrown me back in time. I feel like I’m there. Maybe a part of me IS there since I have Welsh, Irish, Scottish, and German blood in me. I so love your tours and pictures. Thank you! You are a fabulous tour guide of ancient and modern times.

    • Hi Gwynn, you have mentioned your love of Diana before, and it’s no surprise then that you enjoyed this peep back into the ancient past through the stones and hills of our beautiful old land. I’m certain that part of you is here, calling to the rest of you to join her 🙂

  2. LB says:

    The almost silhouette of the mountains is wonderful and the history of your country is fascinating. Mystical, dreamy, ancient …

  3. Liana says:

    Love that you took me with yo. Some of my ancestors hail from Argyll. I’m told there is a monument erected to my GGGGGgrandfather Donald (?) McGeachy by his sons. I’m coming to see this . . . I am coming one day.

    • I don’t know it, but will google later 🙂
      When you come you must let me know…..
      It always amazes me how how far and wide the seeds of Scotland have scattered. Almost everywhere we visit has some connection with it.

  4. Tina Schell says:

    Seonaid, this is a really beautiful post. Your prose is wonderful and works perfectly with your lovely photography. And of course fits perfectly with the challenge. Terrific job.

  5. I think I have observed before that reading posts such as this one make me yearn for a time machine. These folks you refer to … how long ago are we talking? More than 1000 years ago … 12th century and before? How exciting it would be just have a quick look. I wish I knew more so that I could close my eyes and see them there, eating, sleeping, playing with their kids .. you know, living their lives. Thanks for putting such images into my head this afternoon. D

  6. Robin says:

    Thank you for another magical tour, Seonaid. Your images reflect the enchantment of the place. 🙂

  7. Rachael Charmley says:

    Beautiful photos and I really enjoyed your narrative. Some places still have their past written clearly in their energy. Is this a place you would not want to stay for any length of time?

    • It’s actually a place where time gets lost between the cracks….you can linger for hours as the sun sinks and the light fades…..however I wouldn’t linger too long at the neolithic cairns….they housed the ancestors bones and there is definite energy of power and defence 🙂

  8. livvy30 says:

    Beautiful. I really like the first shot. The colours are lovely!

  9. All three photos are beautiful along with the stories behind them, but the colors on the second photo are outstanding.

  10. Suzanne says:

    You certainly live in a powerful part of the world. That standing stone silhouetted by the sun looks amazing – some kind of beacon reminding us there is more to life than the mundane world of material possessions.

    • It’s an amazing stone…the Kintraw Stone…..sitting on a manmade stone platform looking out across the water toward the Isle of Jura. Next to a huge cairn, it stands around 13 feet high, and is thought to mark the winter solstice sun as it peeps between the paps of Jura. A moment of rebirth 🙂

      • Suzanne says:

        I have heard about these Paps of Jura and I have seen the Paps at Kilarney, Ireland. They are very mystical and powerful. Thanks for sharing the photo of the standing stone. It’s quite haunting.

  11. very much my kinda sky – with the light licking the whispy clouds

  12. Photos and your words moved me in a bizarre ‘ancient’ way… puzzled. In a good way 🙂 Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and poetic ancient writing.

  13. asthaguptaa says:

    Beautiful picture 🙂

  14. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Why have I never heard of this place? These pictures are amazing, magical in the twilight, I wonder about the women who lived in these places.

    • I suspect that they were wild and strong and full of magic Gilly 🙂
      The current emerging history is telling us that these were the very ancient ancestors, the aboriginal Gaels if you like, and rather than coming from Ireland it’s looking more and more as though it were the other way around!
      Theirs was a sea kingdom, encompassing Argyll, the western isles and bits of Northern Ireland.the treasures they keep digging up show a very wealthy, well travelled society! The down side was that they used and traded in high numbers of slaves.

  15. Now, where else am I going to see such amazing photos and learn about Killmartin Valley?

  16. What an awesome place, Seonaid. I would imagine that sunset is the perfect time to visit this magical site. I love the idea of the past seeping “through the shadows and the gaps between the stones.”

    • It’s another beautiful part of Scotland 🙂
      We had been away exploring a place called the fairy isles, and were heading back up to Oban later than we meant….but I’m so glad as the light and atmosphere were magical.

  17. Amy says:

    Love the echoes of ancient dreams! Great choice! 🙂

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