View from north west

A possible single stone row known only from geophysical survey. No report on the work is currently available but the row would have pointed at and been at the limit of visibility to the Paps of Jura. The row is orientated ENE to WSW and the solitary standing stone at this location would presumably have formed part of the row.


Scotland     Islay     Argyll & Isles     NR 39276 68559     Lat 55.83960468     Long -6.16601673

Map showing the location of Finlaggan stone row.


Type: Single Length: ?m
No. of stones: 6? Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 63° Altitude: 67m
Upper end: – Lower end: Mound
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Standing stone
Notes:  Geophysical survey carried out by Time Team. This suggests the presence of a line of at least five large pits aligned towards the Paps of Jura. Their reconstruction depicts a double row but the geophysics print out suggests a single row. Only one stone remains standing.

Other Information

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


Category: Possible. Geophysical work has suggests the presence of several large pits in the vicinity of the standing stone. It has been suggested that these may represent the sockets for large stones forming part of a stone row aligned on the Paps of Jura. The stone stands close to a gateway and the possibility of the holes being formed by other activities cannot be discounted.  Until further work is carried out to confirm the character or existence of these pits this row should at best by considered a possible row.  A pair of stones about 300m away to the east could also be interpreted as part of a much damaged stone row, but it is more likely that they are a separate stone pair.


Standing stone and Paps of Jura beyond. View from south.

Standing stone and Loch Finlaggan. View from north.

The standing stone with Paps of Jura at the limit of visibility. Geophysical work by Time Team suggested that this stone may have formed part of a stone row aligned on the Paps of Jura.

The stone is positioned at the limit of visibility to the Paps of Jura. View from south.

At NR 39586 68535 and 302m at 91° from the standing stone are a pair of recumbent stones. These are unlikely to have formed part of any row, but may represent the remnants of a stone pair.

View from the south showing the relative positions of the standing stones, possible stone pair and the Paps of Jura.

Access Information

The stone stands beside the public highway. Car parking is available nearby at the Finlaggan Trust visitor centre (NR 39183 68498) or at the roadside at NR 39544 68464.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     Historic Environment Record     Time Team


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. 223.


VISITED:- 18th August 2017 and 20th August 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 4th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 4th January 2018

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