Loch Buie

Stone row and circle. View from north east (8 June 2016).

A probable single stone row measuring 115m long, including three large upright orthostats situated on level ground close to the sea. The stones stand up to between 3m and 0.85m high. The row is orientated ENE to WSW and leads from the southern side of a stone circle. There are cairns and at least one other standing stone in the vicinity.  Doubts concerning the identity of this row hinge around the fact that rows with widely spaced stones are not common in this region and it is far from straight.


Scotland     Islay     Argyll & Isles     NM 61790 25110     Lat 56.35815641     Long -5.85786985

Map showing the location of Loch Buie stone row.

Simplified map showing the position of the stone row relative to other prehistoric sites in the area (Source: Google Earth).


Type: Single Length: 115m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Tallest stone: 3m Shortest stone: 0.85m
Orientation: 61° Altitude: 6m
Upper end: Stone circle Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone circle, cairn and standing stone

Notes:  Includes three upright stones.  There is a deviation of 10° along the row with the two eastern stones being orientated at 67° and the western ones at 57°. This amount of deviation may be seen as too great to classify this site as a stone row and future may work may confirm or refute this identification. The fact that the row is not aligned on the adjacent stone circle is not an obstacle to the identification. The relatively intensive historic land-use within this area has inevitably eroded the evidence making it impossible to be absolutely certain about the identification, but it is clear that this was a significant ritual place in the prehistoric period.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes. Follow the white marker stones from NM 61538 25571.
Land Status: –
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes


Category: Probable. The amount of deviation may be seen as an obstacle for acceptance, but despite this on the basis of available evidence a stone row explanation seems the most likely.


View from the north east with the row stones highlighted with arrows.

View from above and north east. The stone row leads to a point 4.6m away from the stone circle. 

Looking south westward along the row.

Looking north eastward along the row.

The tall central stone. View from south east.

The broken orthostat forming the south west end of the row. View from south.

Northern isolated stone at NM 61628 25430 forms part of this significant prehistoric ritual landscape. View from south east.

The kerbed cairn at NM 61552 25255 has a pair of upright stones set close to the outside of the kerb. This arrangement bears a close visual resemblance to the final stones of the double rows leading to the cairns at Trowlesworthy 1 and Hart Tor, North on Dartmoor. Without evidence for further stones, a stone alignment interpretation cannot be sustained nor denied and must therefore remain only a possibility.  View from above and the south.

Access Information

Car parking is available at NM 61538 25571. From here enter the field to the south and follow the white marker stones.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Modern Antiquarian     Modern Antiquarian

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Historic Environment Record     Historic Environment Record     Historic Environment Record


VISITED:- 8th June 2016

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 14th June 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 3rd January 2018

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