Crinan Moss


Copyright: Tom Bullock. Original available here.


Scotland     Argyll     Argyll & Isles     NR 80828 94098     Lat 56.0893193   Long-5.52469478


Plan of Crinan Moss stone row (Source: Canmore)

Simplified plan showing the relative position of the stones and cairn at Crinan Moss (Source: GPS and tape survey by Sandy Gerrard).


Type: Uncertain Length: ?
No. of stones: 5 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 135° Altitude: 5m
Upper end: – Lower end: Cairn?
Straight (Yes or No)  : ? Sea View: No?
Context:  Cairn
Notes: A fifth stone shown on the Royal Commission plan was not identified during a field visit in March 2017. This site was initially identified as a possible stone row and is therefore still recorded as such in some of the research articles. This situation will be rectified in the future.

Other Information

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


Category: Uncertain. The considerable depth of peat in this area makes an objective assessment of this site impossible.  It is very likely that there are many other stones surviving below the surface.  It is therefore not currently possible to know whether this is the remains of a stone alignment. Too much of the site is hidden to allow an adequate identification and therefore it should be considered as an uncertain row until further work clarifies the situation.


Crinan Moss

Copyright: George Currie

The group of three stones. It has been suggested that this could be the remains of a kerbed cairn. View from south east (Scale 1m).

The group of three stones. View from the south east (Scale 1m).

The group of three stones. The peat in this area is likely to be over a metre deep and these stones are likely to have originally stood much taller. View from north east (Scale 1m).

The group of three stones. View from the north west (Scale 1m).  

The group of three stones. View from the west (Scale 1m).

Kerb stone of cairn in the foreground and standing stones beyond. View from the south east (Scale 1m).

The isolated stone between the group of three and the cairn stands 0.20m high. There is now no trace of other stones previously described in this area. View from north east (Scale 1m).

View from above and south of the three stones (Scale 1m).

View from above and north of the three stones (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Despite being relatively close proximity to a road this site is a tricky one to get to, particularly after heavy rainfall. Deep peat combined with boggy drainage channels make for difficult passage. The nearest parking is available at NR 79685 93724. From here walk to NR 80242 94022 and head east across the bog. The ditch leading beside the road is very difficult to cross elsewhere but access may also be available at NR 80586 94421. Where possible walk on the baulks between the peat cutting tyes. Good luck.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     Historic Environment Record

Discovery & Excavation (pgs. 6-7)

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.

Campbell, M., 1961g, ‘Crinan Moss, Discovery Excav Scot, 1961. Pgs. 6-7.

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