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A probable single stone row measuring about 8m long, including three large orthostats situated within coastal sand dunes on level ground with restricted views of Machrihanish Bay.  Only two of the original stones are visible and the third which is recumbent is said to be buried nearby. The western upright stone stands 1.9m high, the central orthostat is 1.16m high and the eastern now buried stone measures 2.13m long. The row is orientated north east to south west.


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

Map showing the location of Clochkeil stone row.

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


Type: Single Length: 8m
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


Category: Probable. The third stone is known from a photograph in the Proceedings of the Society for Antiquaries, Scotland, and whilst there is the slightest possibility that these stones formed part of something else that has been by buried below the shifting sands in this area it is much more likely that this is a stone row of the type found mainly in Argyll and Isles.


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 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.


VISITED:- 16th March 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 2nd February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 15th March 2019

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