Dirlot, South

Cairn at Dirlot, South stone alignment. View from north.

A group of six small stones close to a cairn may represent the site of a fan-shaped multiple stone row situated on a small but prominent knoll.  The possible row is orientated north east to south west and stands close to another stone row.


Scotland Caithness Northern Scotland ND 12207 48411
Lat 58.415174    Long -3.504700

Map showing the location of Dirlot, South stone row.


Type: Triple Length: ?m
No. of stones: 6 Size of stones: Only small
Orientation: 45° Altitude: 94m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Stone alignment
Notes: The grid reference provided by the Canmore entry places these rows in a bog but the description clearly indicates that the site is on a low knoll. The grid reference has been adjusted to reflect this. An extensive but by no means exhaustive search was made on this knoll for the stones previously described. Dense heather combined with the recorded small size of the stones means that although none were identified it is not possible to be confident that no rows exist. A small previously unrecorded cairn at ND 12192 48388 may have been the focus for a stone alignment. The cairn measures 5.2m in diameter, 0.3m high and does not appear to have been disturbed.

Whilst it was not possible to locate these rows it is highly probable that they exist below the heather and may be revealed again in the future following swaling.

Other Information

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


Category: Possible.  Until this row is corroborated by a second source it is probably safest to consider it a possible row only.


Dense heather and grass in the vicinity of the cairn.

Access Information

Car parking is available at ND 11620 48154. Walk north along the public highway to ND 11823 48409. From here head east across open moorland towards the row.  The ground is very uneven and boggy and the utmost care should be taken. Progress is likely to be slow. Best to visit this site at the same time as Dirlot, North.

Online Resources 



VISITED:- 4th September 2016

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 13th December 2017

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