A probable single stone row measuring 33.6m long, including two large upright and two boulders situated on a terrace above Brainport Bay. Excavations have demonstrated interest in the area between 1060BC and 976AD but the row itself has not been dated. The row is orientated north east to south west and is aligned on mid-summer sunrise.
|Scotland Argyll Argyll & Isles NR 97596 95075 Lat 56.10543 Long -5.256342|
Map showing the location of Brainport Bay stone row.
Plan of the Brainport Bay stone row (Source: Canmore).
Simplified plan of the Brainport Bay stone row (Source: GPS survey by Sandy Gerrard).
|Type: Single||Length: 33.6m|
|No. of stones: 4||Size of stones: Only large|
|Orientation: 44°||Altitude: 19m|
|Upper end: Platform||Lower end: –|
|Straight (Yes or No) : Yes||Sea View: Yes|
|Notes: The boulders are almost certainly natural erratics. Excavated but remains enigmatic.|
|Public Access: Yes|
|Land Status: –|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes|
Category: Probable. This row is very different in form and character to others in the region. The two boulders are probably natural glacial erratics which seem to have been incorporated to create an alignment on the mid-summer sun rise. This latter detail strengthens but does not confirm the stone row interpretation.
This stone row is of Type S8. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.
Looking north east along the alignment. View from south western platform.
Looking north east along the alignment with stones highlighted.
Boulders in the foreground and upright stones beyond. View from south west.
The boulders forming thre south western end of the alignment. View from south east (Scale 1m).
The two upright stones. They appear to have been placed to take advantage of the natural notch in the outcrop.
The northern stone stands 1m high. View from west (Scale 1m).
Looking south west along the row (Scale 1m).
The two upright stones. The near stone stands 0.92m high. View from south.
Car parking is available at NR 96974 95054. Take care to ensure that you do not block access. From here follow the track north eastward to NR 97354 95222. At this point take the track leading downhill to the right. Follow this to NR 97310 95031. From here follow the fence east to NR 97534 95056. The stone row is visible below you from this point.
VISITED:- 15th March 2017
FIRST PUBLISHED:- 2nd February 2016
LAST UPDATED:- 18th March 2019