This is a reconstruction of a beehive used by monks for quiet contemplation and retreat, found in the small town of Kilmartin.
Kilmartin Glen is an area in Argyll not far from Kintyre, which has one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland. The glen is located between Oban and Lochgilphead, surrounding the village of Kilmartin. There are more than 350 ancient monuments within a six mile radius of the village, with 150 of them being prehistoric.

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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 3 years ago

    I really love the treatment here dear Kala,nice one.x

  • Thanks Catherine. I did not go inside as it virtually meant hands and knees

    – kalaryder

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...almost 3 years ago

    Super capture – can imagine the monks sitting in solitude and meditation here – well done !!

  • It was very small, definitely a one person only structure

    – kalaryder

    HELUAalmost 3 years ago

    This is extremely interesting image and info. The temple priestesses of Ancient Greece were called Bees, in Greek: ´Melissas`. And the ´Navel stone´in Delphi has a shape very much the same as this beehive. There must be a connection. Thanks for this piece in the puzzle Kala! xx

  • That is so interesting, thank you.

    – kalaryder

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 3 years ago

    These are very similar to the monk huts in Sneem Ireland. An excellent capture and treatment!!!! Bill

  • Thanks Bill

    – kalaryder

  • myraj
    myrajalmost 3 years ago

    Great image and very interesting reading k.

  • Thanks Myra

    – kalaryder

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 3 years ago

    beautiful photo

  • Thank you

    – kalaryder

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you most kindly :)

    – kalaryder

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpolealmost 3 years ago

    a very impressive looking building, congratulations

  • Thank you Karen so very much

    – kalaryder

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 3 years ago

    great picture!

  • Thank you

    – kalaryder

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS … well done

  • Thank you very much

    – kalaryder

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