Stravanan Bay (Largizean)

View from the south.

A single stone row measuring 7.3m long, including three large-sized upright orthostats situated on level ground overlooking the Sound of Bute. The stones stand up to between 1.9m and 1.74m high, arranged in height order with the tallest at the south east. The row is orientated north west to south east and has restricted views of the nearby sea and surrounding landscape.


Scotland     Bute     Argyll & Isles     NS 08469 55362     Lat 55.753609   Long -5.0536104

Map showing the location of Stravanan Bay (Largizean) stone row.

Plan of Stravanan Bay (Largizean) stone row. The grey stone is recumbent and was probably dumped here in recent years. (Source: survey at 1:100 by Sandy Gerrard).


Type: Single Length: 7.3m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 130° Altitude: 16m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone circle

Other Information

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


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


This stone row is of Type S2. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


The stone row can be seen just to the right of the wind sock. From this angle the Isle of Arran appears to tower over the row. The high ground immediately behind the row however blocks this view of Arran from the row. According to the summit of Goatfell and other mountain tops should be at the limit of visibility, but at the time of the visit the low cloud prevented assessment of this. If future research demonstrates that the row is situated at the limit of visibility this would be significant and help explain why the row was built here tucked in below such a prominent ridge. 

View from the south (Scale 1m).

View from south west.

View from the south east with the sea beyond (Scale 1m).

View from the east.

Individual Stone Details

Plan of row showing height of individual stones.

Access Information

Car parking is available next to the Blackpark stone circle at NS 09156 55715. From here walk along the road to NS 08760 54995 and then follow the track leading north.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Canmore     Historic Environment Record     Modern Antiquarian

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.

Ruggles, C.L.N., 1999, Astronomy in prehistoric Britain and Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 198.


VISITED:- 25th August 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 4th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 15th March 2019

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