Pobuill Fhinn....... not the most impressive stone circle you'll ever see.... if grading by size of orthostats is your thing, but - of course - there's far, far more to a circle than that.
Pobuill Fhinn has it all in my book - siting, views and that undefinable 'Je ne sais quoi'. Suffice to say Barpa Langass and this site took up a full nine hours of my day and I simply just couldn't tear myself away. Number of uprights, alignments? No idea, such was the intoxication here. Guess I'll just have to go and check what Mr Burl says.
The only regret is that I only got a couple of half-decent photos. Hey-ho.
Rarely have I spent so long looking at a site before visiting it but this one can be clearly seen from the beer garden of the Langass Lodge where we had lunch.
Aubrey Burl (see Rhiannon's post) says it "has one of the loveliest settings of any stone circle" and you have to agree. It's something about it being set into the hill so you can get above it for a full view of the circle and the watery landscape beyond it.
And its design is interesting with its two portal entrances.
There is a waymarked trail starting from the Lodge which takes in this site and Barpa Langass.
The site's name probably means 'Finn's People' - Finn MacCool that is -though it's also been translated as the Holy People.
The circle is built on an artificially levelled surface (quite a feat) and has 22 standing stones, the largest about 7ft tall. There are two broad 'entrances'.
Aubrey Burl gives it a romantic description in his 'from carnac to callanish' book:
"..Strangely beautiful.. overlooking a loch and distances of grassy machair with water lilies, marsh marigolds and orchids, overflown by lapwings, thinly whistling dunlins and shrieking oystercatchers.."