Craigh na Dun

Craigh na Dun is the site of an ancient stone circle where one can travel back in time from 1945 to 1743. The large cleft stone, through which a time traveler can pass, is its distinguishing feature.

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The hill of Craigh na Dun, like most stone circles, conceals more than it reveals. Those with the ability to hear the stones have came across it by chance, sought out its passageway, and almost uniformly come to fear and detest the strange gateway that the cleft stone represents.

Claire and Frank Randall return to the Scottish Highlands for a second honeymoon in Inverness in the spring of 1945. Claire develops an interest in botany while in Inverness, and a local gentleman named Mr. Crook takes her on a tour of the plant life. He also shows her a standing stone circle on a hill called Craigh na Dun, and when Claire mentions it to Frank, he is immediately excited; the Reverend Wakefield had mentioned to him that a group of local druids still observe rituals on the old Celtic feast days, and so in the predawn light of Beltane,[2] Frank and Claire watch the women dance while the Reverend’s housekeeper, Mrs. Graham, calls out After the rite is finished and the women have left, Frank inspects the circle, and a specific blue flower catches Claire’s eye, but before she can thoroughly investigate it, one of the druids arrives, and Claire and Frank flee before being apprehended.

When Claire comes later, alone, to take a specimen of the flower, she begins to hear and feel a peculiar buzzing, as though from bees, and in a daze, she steps through the cleft stone and ends up in 1743.