Hill O’ Many Stanes, Clyth

View from north.

The classic fan-shaped multiple stone row measures 54m long, including at least 192 small, medium and large-sized stones arranged in at least 22 separate lines and situated on the southern side of a prominent knoll with restricted views of the sea and the surrounding landscape. The row is orientated north to south and is the best preserved and most accessible of the Northern Scottish multiple stone rows.

Location

Scotland Caithness Northern Scotland ND 29524 38431
Lat 58.328734   Long -3.2050493

Map showing the location of Hill o’ Many Stanes stone row.

Plan of the Hill O’ Many Stanes stone alignment. (Source: survey by H. Dryden in 1871). Original held by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and an online version is available here at Canmore.

Characteristics

Type: Multiple Length: 54m
No. of stones: 192 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: 175° Altitude: 101m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  –
Notes: 22 rows. Probably extended further.

Other Information

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

Identification

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


Photographs

The finest multiple stone row in Britain. View from the north. 

View from the west in 1988. Access to the stones was permitted at that time and erosion is obvious. On the plus side the vegetation was lower making is easier to see the stones.

View from the southern end of the rows. The rising slope on which the rows are situated blocks the views to the north. Indeed from the bottom of the rows the views to the west and east are also very restricted with far views existing only across the nearby sea, to the high ground on the southern side of the Moray Firth and even the summits of the Cairngorms.  

The reveal. The hills hidden behind the rising ground appear as you walk up the rows.

Looking northward along the rows.

Prominent row leading up the slope. View from the south.

Rows leading downslope. View from the north.

Access Information

Limited roadside car parking is available at ND 29557 38464. From here it is a short signposted walk to the rows.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     Historic Environment Record

Caithness Field Club Bulletin

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.


Timeline

VISITED:- 1988, 9th August 2014 and 2nd September 2016

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 1st January 2018

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