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Soay & Geann Mor from Mullach Bi, St Kilda by Niall Corbet

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Phobull Fhinn with its beautiful heather moorland, North Uist, Western Isles - this stone circle stands on the slope of a hill looking east over Loch Langais, with the mass of Beinn Langais in the distance. The name loosely translates as ‘Finn’s People’, a reference to the mythical warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill.

The circle is composed of at least 48 stones, with a pair of portal stones forming an entrance at either end. Only one of the stones is really prominent (2.2 metres) and many have fallen. The circle is set upon a manmade terrace, made by cutting into the slope of Beinn Langais on one side and building up the slope on the other to create a fairly level platform. The circle is actually an oval shape, about 37 metres by 30 metres, with the longer side running east to west.

St Clement’s Church, Rodel, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. 

Built from about 1520, St Clement’s Church, (Tur Chliamainn), or the Church of Rodel is generally thought to be the grandest medieval building anywhere in the Western Isles.

The church is remarkable for possessing one of the most ambitious and richly-carved tombs of the period in Scotland, that of Alexander Macleod (known in Gaelic as Alasdair Crotach), said to have been the church’s founder. By choosing to be buried in Harris, Alexander Macleod was breaking with tradition, as the previous chiefs of his clan had until then been buried in Iona. The tomb is dated 1528 and its high-quality carved mural panels depict biblical stories, a stylised castle, a hunting scene and a Highland galley.

The church is now in the care of Historic Scotland.

Information from RCAHMS (PJG)