Copyright: Tom Bullock. Original available at Megalithic Portal.
A fan-shaped multiple stone row known only from a 1911 Royal Commission survey measured 18m long, included at least 77 small and medium-sized stones arranged in 15 separate lines. The row was damaged or destroyed when the public highway was widened sometime after 1960. Two cairns in the vicinity may be broadly contemporary funerary monuments or the result of clearance. The row was orientated NNW to SSE.
|Scotland||Sutherland||Northern Scotland||NC 95509 18564|
|Lat 58.1436 Long -3.7766388|
Map showing the location of Kildonan SW stone row.
Plan of the Kildonan SW stone alignment. (Source: Royal Commission survey, 1911).
Online version available here.
|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|
|Notes: 15 rows. Also called Allt Breac. Damaged by road works.|
|Public Access: Yes|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes|
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.
Road widening work has either destroyed or at best severely damaged this stone alignment. View from west.
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).
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).
The northern cairn. View from the south west.
The southern cairn. View from the south east.
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.
The lowest part of the horizon visible from the bottom of the row.
The lowest part of the horizon visible from the top of the row. The bump is highlighted with an arrow.
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.
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.
VISITED:- 1st September 2016
FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016
LAST UPDATED:- 15th December 2017