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|
|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).
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.
Megalithic Portal Canmore Historic Environment Record Society of Antiquaries Scotland
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