Clach A'Choin – Fingal's Dog Stone
Oban, Scotland, United Kingdom
From the informative and interesting inscriptions on the pannel provided by the Oban Community Counsel I learned that the stone accross the street is
Clach A'Choin – Fingal's Dog Stone. The pannel also reveals the legent and the scientific history behine Fingal's Dog Stone as the following:
Legend has it that this was where the ancient heroic warrior of Celtic mythology Fionn MacCumhail (Fingal) would chain his massive dog, Bran. As it circled and struggled it wore a groove around the base of the stone with its colossal chain, and they say you can still hear its ghostly howls. Science tells us that the Dog Stone is made from rock known as Conglomerate, deposited about 415 million years ago. Much later, around 12,000 years ago, Dunollie Point was surrounded by sea after the last Ice Age, and the shape of the Dog Stone was gradually created by the tide and weather, especially from freeze-thawing actions. As the ice, which was almost 2km thick and very heavy, melted inland the tectonic plans rose up creating the hundreds of raised platforms and beaches that can be seen along the coastline. The coastline with the Dog Stone also rose leaving the eroding forces of the seas behind and capturing the shape of the Dog Stone at that moment in time.
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