Reading the other thread about Stonehenge, got me thinking; mostly about how other people react to specific sites. The reason for this is because I have visited many different stone circles, and had very different feelings towards them.
Stonehenge, for instance; I was actually indifferent to, which was unexpected. I felt nothing at all at the site. A couple of local (well, Lake District sites), always feel very friendly to me, but in different ways. Castlerigg is awesome, makes me fell as though I belong, although to what I could not answer. Long Meg and her Daughters, is a much gentler feel. It feels as though I have to travel a maze to get to it - although there is no maze that I am aware of. It also feels (to me) very tuned into Beltane.
The one which surprised me most though, was Callanish on Lewis, the Outer Hebrides.
I read about Callanish when I was a child, and immediately it took my fancy and I wanted to go there. I had to wait a very long time, until about 15 years ago when my sister paid for her and myself to go to Lewis for the Midsummer, and we could visit the stones.
To say I was excited is an understatement. Lewis itself has a place in my heart which I don't really understand (it was my first time to visit there, too). When we arrived on the island and got to the croft she had rented for us, she wanted to head straight for the stones, though suddenly I felt reluctant. Instead we went the next day, and she went straight in, saying hello to all the stones, hugging and touching them. Me though, as I got closer I got a feeling of dread, and could not actually enter the circle, which stank of blood to me. The stones themselves looked like fangs to me, and I ended up backing away and left her to it. I never went back during my time on the island.
There were other, smaller circles about; I did not even look them up, although my sister did. I spent my time instead looking for otters and wild flowers. I still love Lewis and would go back any time, but it's megaliths? Nope, I'll stay well clear.