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|
|Notes: Originally of three stones, only two are currently visible. The third is buried nearby beneath the sand.|
|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.
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.
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.
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:- 27th March 2018