This amazing area is home to hundreds of neolithic monuments, as well as a great range of natural habitats.
Eleven separate circles and groups of standing stones nestle into the Shiskine valley on the Western side of Arran.
The Ring of Brodgar is at the heart of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. I have visited here many times, the most memorable being one time in March, in snowstorms and a bitter arctic wind.
Just across the isthmus from the Ring of Brodgar, the standing stones of Stenness have a mysterious presence, although, in my experience, it is a very comfortable place to be