One of our guests recently commented on the rock formations at our front door and asked why he has been seeing so many of these around the area.
We explained it was a cairn and he said he had never heard of these before.
"A cairn is a human-made pile (or stack) of stones. The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn [ˈkʰaːrˠn̪ˠ] (plural càirn [ˈkʰaːrˠɲ]). Cairns have been and are used for a broad variety of purposes, from prehistoric times to the present." - Wikipedia
There is much history around these stone formations which can be found in places all over the world and some of the residents and visitors to this area enjoy leaving their mark, and creating a bit of art, by stacking stones.
There is also come controversy regarding cairns created for pleasure and not solely for trail marking or religious purposes. Some people would rather not see markers in a remote area reminding them that others ventured there before them. And there is also the view that stacking stones near the water can cause erosion and take away homes for animals.
Whatever your stance on stacking stones we wanted to share a bit of insight into the formations welcoming you at our front door.