Dumgoyach

View from the south west

Location

Scotland Stirling Central Scotland NS 53280 80720
Lat 55.99697071   Long -4.354106228

Plan of Dumgoyach stones. Green stone added since 1963, yellow stones are recumbent and dark grey stone upright (Source: survey at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard)

Characteristics

Type: Cairn facade? Length: 5.4m
No. of stones: 4 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 45° Altitude: 81m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  –
Notes: A radio-carbon date of 2860 +/- 270 bc suggests that it was erected in the Middle Neolithic period.

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Unlikely. The Middle Neolithic date combined with the closeness of the stones and the presence of an associated mound suggests that this is more likely to represent the remnants of a chambered cairn facade than a stone row.


Photographs

View from above and south east. The stone on the far left was added sometime after 1963 (Scale 1m).

View from above and east (Scale 1m).

View from above and north (Scale 1m).

View from above and north west. The closeness of stones strongly suggests that this a facade rather than a row. The historic field bank is visible as a rush free band leading away from the camera  (Scale 1m). 

View from above and south west (Scale 1m).

View from above and south east (Scale 1m). There can be little doubt that the choice of site was influenced by the nearby now tree covered prominent hill of Dumgoyach.

View from south east (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Limited car parking is available at NS 53342 79669. From here walk north along the West Highland Way to NS 53280 80509 and take the path leading north.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     The Northern Antiquarian     Ancient Scotland

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. 224.

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

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