Quinish

Quinish WP1060765

Three of the four stones are now recumbent. View from the north west (5 June 2016).

Location

Scotland     Mull    Argyll & Isles     NM 41352 55246     Lat 56.61745   Long -6.2175657

Quinish plan

Plan of the Quinish stone row. Original surveyed at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 11m
No. of stones: 4 Size of stones: Only large
Tallest stone: 2.7m Shortest stone:  –
Orientation: 170° Altitude: 37m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  –
Notes:

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


Photographs

Quinish image1

Copyright: Tom Bullock. Original available at Megalithic Portal.

Quinish WP1060752

The stone row sits on a level terrace above the sea shore.View from the north east. 

Quinish WP1060772

The view from the south highlights the perched character of the level terrace on which the row stands.

Quinish WP1060759

Stone row and northern sea triangle. View from the south.

Quinish WP1060760

Stone row and the south western sea view. View from north east.

Quinish WP1060768

The low ridge west of the row blocks much of the view to the sea and creates the surprisingly restricted sea views from this site. The remaining standing stone looks down on its fallen comrades. View from the south.

Quinish WP1110290

The stone row with blocking ridge beyond. View from above and the east.

Quinish WP1110291

A mutilated but recognisable stone row. View from above and north.

Access Information

This is not an easy row to get to. The nearest car parking spot is at NM 43350 52269. From here you can either head northward along forest tracks or head back into the village of Dervaig and walk along the road that leads beside Loch a’Chumhainn. When visited in 2016  I chose to walk to the row through the forest and returned alongside the loch. The route via the village is probably the easiest. A map and or reliable GPS device is essential or else the chances of getting hopelessy lost are high.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore

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.

Ruggles, C.L.N., 1999, Astronomy in prehistoric Britain and Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 197.

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