A solitary edge set slab and recumbent stones at Marquel are unlikely to represent the remains of a stone alignment.


Scotland Caithness Northern Scotland ND 32118 41345
Lat 58.3554029   Long -3.16162852


Plan of the stones at Marquel. Source 1:200 survey by Sandy Gerrard.


Type: Unlikely Length: 8.5m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only small
Orientation: 0° Altitude: 90m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  Standing stone and stone alignments
Notes: This site is very unlikely to be a stone alignment.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No



Small edge set slab measuring 0.18m high by 0.23m long and 0.08m wide looks like the type of stone that forms alignments in many Caithness alignments. However, none of the other two stones at this site are upright and the stone stands within an area intensively used in the historic period. An historic or natural explanation may be more appropriate and until further evidence is identified a prehistoric interpretation seems unlikely.


View from the north showing the position of the stones (Scale 1m).

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