Brainport Bay

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Location

Scotland     Argyll     Argyll & Isles     NR 97596 95075     Lat 56.10543   Long -5.256342

 

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Plan of the Brainport Bay stone row (Source: Canmore).

Simplified plan of the Brainport Bay stone row (Source: GPS survey by Sandy Gerrard).

Characteristics

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
Context:  Platforms
Notes: The boulders are almost certainly natural erratics. Excavated but remains enigmatic.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: –
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

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.


Photographs

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 uright 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.

Access Information

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.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     Historic Environment Record

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