Glen Sheil

Copyright: Paul Blades. Original available at Megalithic Portal.

A possible single stone row measuring 125m long, including three large orthostats situated on level ground with restricted views of the sea to the east.  The western stone stands 3.6m high, the central one is 2.3m high and the eastern orthostat is 2.5m high. The row, which is far from straight is orientated ESE to WNW and maybe a stone pair and single standing stone.

Location

Scotland     Arran     Argyll & Isles     NS 00605 37451     Lat 55.589751   Long -5.1656918

Map showing the location of Glen Sheil stone row.

Plan of Glen Sheil stone row (Source: Google Earth).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 125m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 110° Altitude: 9m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairn?
Notes: Around 1810 AD human bones were ploughed up a short distance south of the stone row.  Fieldwalking in 2006 recovered a large number of worked flints.

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Possible.  This row is considerably longer than other rows in the region and the substantial gap between the western stones and the eastern stone combined with the fact that the monument stands within an area that has been intensively farmed means that it is possible that the original form of the site has been altered to give the impression that it is a stone row, whilst the original form of the site may have been very different.  Alternatively the site may be viewed as a pair of stones and a single standing stone.  The form of the site is very different to most of those in the region and therefore doubts regarding its identification are valid. On the basis of the available evidence this must be considered at best as a possible site.  Future work may resolve this.


Photographs

All three stones are visible from the woodland at NS 00638 37754.

The eastern stone stands in a field by itself. View from east.

The eastern stone and Goatfell on the skyline. View from south.

View from above and east of the eastern stone. The western stone (highlighted with an arrow) can be seen in the adjacent field.

 

The two western stones and Goatfell. View from the south.

The two western stones and Beinn Nuis beyond. View from the south east.

The two western stones and Beinn Nuis beyond. View from the east. Click on image to open a higher resolution version.

The two western stones. View from the north east.

Access Information

Car parking is available at NS 01247 37583. From here carefully cross the road and follow the Goatfell foot path to NS 01053 37736 where the left fork in the track should be taken. Follow this path to NS 00638 37754 where all three stones can be seen. Return to the path and continue until the road is reached.  Turn left and walk downhill. The eastern stone is in the field on the left and the two western ones in the the field on the right.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Canmore


Timeline

VISITED:- 22nd August 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 4th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 14th March 2018

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