Barpa Langais, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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Barpa Langais chambered cairn on the Isle of North Uist, not that we knew what the pile of stones could be, until we had walked up to the summit and found the information board.  Thank goodness for information boards, this site is over 5,000 years old and is one of the oldest standing buildings in North Europe…… 5,000 years old, amazing.

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We were on holiday on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland in 2014 and travelling through the Island of North Uist, when we came across this huge pile of rocks.  Leaving our Motor Home in the little car park, we made our way up to the cairn, the weather was fantastic, but it can change quite rapidly, as you can see from the following photos.  The closer we got, the bigger the pile of rocks became.

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Now it does need quite a bit of imagination, especially for me, as its not really a subject that I know anything about, I was really only here for the view.  But it was the size that really interested me and then I thought about how they had built it and that it was still here 5,000 years later !

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The board shows you how it would have looked when first built, which helped me no end to see what is was like.

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The entrance is now closed off, but you can see in a little way, but is now unsafe to enter.  The following photos are the details from the information board.

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The views from the summit are amazing and it was worth the hike to the top, so calm and peaceful.

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10 comments

  1. Fascinating place! Thanks for the information from the board. The views are great. and I see what you mean about the rain. Hope it didn’t come after you. 🙂

    1. Thanks Pat, I was just so glad there was a board up there, as we had no idea what it was. But it was worth the climb for the views. No the rain went round us, but we saw that all time, you could see many as three different weather fronts going on, but they could all miss you. I can’t remember being caught in the rain, we always seem to have nice weather, amazingly enough 🙂

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