Clochkeil

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Location

Scotland     Argyll     Argyll & Isles     NR 65778 24456     Lat 55.45776947   Long -5.70624852

 

Plan of two remaining stones at Clochkeil. From a survey by Sandy Gerrard at 1:100.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 5.7m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 67.5° Altitude: 18m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairn
Notes: Originally of three stones, only two are currently visible. The third is buried nearby beneath the sand.

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Possible. The third stone is known from a photograph in the Proceedings of the Society for Antiquaries, Scotland, but it is not known whether these stones formed part of something else that has been by buried below the shifting sands in this area. Despite this uncertainty the site has the appearance of other rows in this region and until future work refutes this interpretation, a stone alignment explanation seems possible.

Photographs

View from north east (Scale 1m).

View from south east (scale 1m).

View from the west (Scale 1m).

View from north west (Scale 1m).

View from north (Scale 1m).

View from south west (scale 1m).

 View from the north east (Scale 1m). Any assessment of visual links will inevitably be hampered by the fact that the row stands in an area of geologically recent sand dunes.

Access Information

Permission must be sought to visit this stone row. The stones now stand in the middle of the Macrihanish Dunes golf course and visitors should seek permission at the Club House Car at NR 65908 24231. When visited in 2017 permission was readily given with a smile. Head north from the club house following the main path for about 240m.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     Historic Environment Record

Society of Antiquaries (pg 313)

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. 222.

Colville, D., 1930, ‘Notes on the standing stones of Kintyre (The Chalmers-Jervise Prize essay for 1929), Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 64, 1929-30. Pgs 313-4.

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

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