Kildonan SW (Allt Breac)

Kildonan

Copyright: Tom Bullock. Original available at Megalithic Portal.

Location

Scotland Sutherland Northern Scotland NC 95509 18564
Lat 58.1436   Long -3.7766388

Kildonan plan from MP

Plan of the Kildonan SW stone alignment. (Source: Royal Commission survey, 1911).

Online version available here.

Characteristics

Type: Multiple Length: 18m
No. of stones: 77 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 157.5° Altitude: 47m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Cairns
Notes: 15 rows. Also called Allt Breac. Damaged by road works.

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Plausible. Despite the fact that this row has been severely damaged or possibly even destroyed by roadworks, no doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


Photographs

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Road widening work has either destroyed or at best severely damaged this stone alignment. View from west.

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The ranging rod stands on the much truncated remains of the original land surface in this area. The slope to the right is entirely modern and is waste from the nearby cutting formed when the road was widened. None of the original stones remain visible although the possibility may exist that they were buried and therefore survive (Scale 1m).

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A line of stones protruding from the road embankment is very unlikely to be prehistoric and were probably dumped here when the road was widened. View from east (Scale 1m).

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The northern cairn. View from the south west.

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The southern cairn. View from the south east.

Reveals

The short length of the alignment, its destruction and the steep sided character of the valley in which it is or was situated makes it difficult to establish the presence of any significant reveals. The only one that was identified was in the lowest part of the horizon to the east where a distinct bump on the horizon is visible from the top of the row but not at the bottom. This may explain why the row was built at this spot but this conclusion must be considered tentative at best.

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The lowest part of the horizon visible from the bottom of the row.

kildonan-5The lowest part of the horizon visible from the top of the row. The bump is highlighted with an arrow.

Access Information

Sadly, car parking is available on top of the row. The stones visible next to the parking area are probably the result of the road widening work.


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. 224.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 133, No. 379.

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