View from the south east.
A single stone row measuring 14m long, including two large mainly buried recumbent slabs and a single upright orthostat standing 2.3m high situated in valley bottom near to the River Tay. The row is orientated east to west and the western stone is upright. Excavation revealed that the eastern stone has a cup-mark and no socket hole whilst the central stone had a very shallow socket There are several cairns in the vicinity.
|Scotland||Perth and Kinross||Central Scotland||NN 94621 52114|
|Lat 56.648925 Long -3.72021|
Map showing the location of Balnaguard stone row.
Plan of the Balnaguard stone row (Source: 1:100 survey by Sandy Gerrard)
|Type: Single||Length: 14m|
|No. of stones: 3||Size of stones: Only large|
|Orientation: 100°||Altitude: 68m|
|Upper end: Cist||Lower end: –|
|Straight (Yes or No) : ?||Sea View: No|
|Notes: Excavation in 1971 confirmed that three large slabs once stood in a line. No dating evidence was uncovered but this work revealed that stones A and C were cup-marked.|
|Public Access: Yes|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes|
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.
Copyright: Tom Bullock. Original available at Megalithic Portal.
Copyright: George Currie
Stone A stands 2.3m high. View from south east (Scale 1m).
Looking west along the row. Stone C in the foreground (Scale 1m).
The row is situated along the axis of a slight east to west orientated ridge. The ranging rod denotes the position of stone C (Scale 1m).
Looking east along the row. The ranging rod stands adjacent to Stone C (Scale 1m).
The Balnaguard stone row includes one large upright and two large recumbent slabs. The ranging rod denotes the position of Stone C (Scale 1m).
Only a tiny proportion of the two fallen slabs are visible. Excavation by Dr Margaret Stewart in 1971 revealed that Stone C measures 2.5m long and has a single cup-mark whilst Stone B measures 2.3m long. A shallow socket stone with packing stones was found associated with Stone B but no socket hole or packing was found associated with Stone C. The compass is oriented north to south and measures 11.5m long.
Limited car parking available at NN 94606 51862. Access to the row is easiest through the farmyard and permission must be sought before proceeding to the row which is situated behind the farm buildings.
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. 224.
Coles, F R., 1908, ‘Report on stone circles surveyed in Perthshire – North Eastern section; with measured plans and drawings (obtained under the Gunning Fellowship)’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 42, 1907-8. Page(s): 138-40.
Stewart, M E C., 1971, ‘Balnaguard’, Discovery Excav. Scot., 1971. Page(s): 34-5.
VISITED:- 18th November 2016
FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016
LAST UPDATED:- 15th March 2019