France 2013(2) – Mont Beuvray

Mont Beuvray is a very special place.

It’s the site of the Gaulish settlement, Bibracte…

…and there’s still a lot of digging going on. This was a Roman villa.

There are some amazing tree roots…

…and a Holy Well…

…some interesting modern structures to cover excavations…

…views over the beautiful Morvan…

….rocks…

…and walks through the woods.

Finlaggan

Sometimes you just happen across a place. Thanks to Hamish Haswell-Smith we went decided to visit Finlaggan, the cradle of the Clan Donald, the Lords of the Isles.

In Loch Finlaggan are three artificial islands. You can walk to Eilean Mor (large island) – in the past there would have been a causeway to Eilean na Comhairle (the council island), where the Lord of the Isles would have been installed.

The ‘interpretation centre’ was extremely good, I especially liked the reception desk in the shape of a Viking long ship.
There were lots of lovely finds, including this Christ, a pilgrim badge from Rome, and a delicate buckle from a dog collar.
Walking out across the walkway gave us a good look at the flora & fauna of the peat bog at the loch edge.
Bog myrtle (I think)…
…water lilies…
…and ragged robin.
With views over to the ‘Paps of Jura’, this was a unique & magical place.