View from the north east (Scale 1m).

A single stone row measuring 7.5m long, including three large orthostats situated on a south facing terrace with restricted views of the nearby sea. The northern stone measures up to 2.6m high, whilst the southern one is 2.87m tall. The central stone is now recumbent and probably fell eastward. The row is orientated north to south and stands in an area with broadly contemporary standing stones and a chambered tomb.


Scotland     Islay     Argyll & Isles     NR 38954 46074     Lat 55.63791   Long -6.1496575

Map showing the location of Achnancarranan stone row.

Plan of Achnancarranan stone row (Source: survey by Sandy Gerrard at 1:100).


Type: Single (S2) Length: 7.5m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 0° Altitude: 30m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  Chambered cairn and standing stones

Other Information

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


Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


This stone row is of Type S2. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


View from the south west (Scale 1m). Views to the north are restricted by rocky outcrops.

View from north west (Scale 1m). Two sea triangles are visible between the stones.

Originally from this angle the pair of sea views would have been visible between the gaps formed by the stones.

View from the north (Scale 1m).

View from north east with a seascape beyond (Scale 1m).

View from south east (Scale 1m).

View from the south (Scale 1m).

Access Information

A visit to this row can be combined with a trip around the Lagavulin Distillery. Parking is available at NR 40348 45757. From here follow the track north and then west to NR 39370 46232. Turn left and follow the track to stone row. Other standing stones can be visited enroute.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Canmore     Historic Environment Record     Society of Antiquaries Scotland

Sea Views

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 223.

Ruggles, C.L.N., 1999, Astronomy in prehistoric Britain and Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 197.

Shennan, S., 1914,  ‘Notes on certain standing stones in Argyllshire’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 48, 1913-14. Pgs. 404-7.


VISITED:- 19th August 2017

PUBLISHED:- 2nd February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 15th March 2019

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