The south west part of the alignment. View from south west (Scale 1m). 

A fan-shaped multiple stone row measuring 12m long, including at least 80 small and medium-sized stones arranged in at least 10 separate lines situated on a south facing slope in the valley of the River Helmsdale. The row is orientated NNW to SSE and there is a probable cairn at the upper NNW end. The row stands in an area with a chambered cairn, other cairns and prehistoric houses.


Scotland Sutherland Northern Scotland NC 82733 32160
Lat 58.26252465    Long -4.00038263

Map showing the location of Kinbrace stone row.

Simplified plan of the Kinbrace stone alignment. From a survey by Freer, R. available here.


Type: Multiple Length: 12m
No. of stones: 80 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 157.5° Altitude: 176m
Upper end: – Lower end:
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Cairn
Notes: 10 rows

Other Information

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


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


This stone row is of Type M4. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Looking north along the rows. In common with many multiple rows the largest stones are at the bottom (Scale 1m).

A line of stones denoting the bottom of the rows. View from the south east (Scale 1m).

The lower southern end of the rows. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stones leading uphill from the lower terminal stones. View from west (Scale 1m).

View from above and south of the alignment (Scale 1m). 

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

View from above and south west of the south western part of the alignment (Scale 1m).

View from above and west of the line of terminal stones and rows (Scale 1m).


No obvious reveals were identified during the field visit. The alignment has very restricted views to the north, but extensive views to the south west in particular.  Further work with better visibility might be productive.

Access Information

Car parking is available at NC 82254 32021. Ensure you don’t obstruct the timber lorries. From here head north east across the uneven open moorland. The row is about 500m from the parking area.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Canmore     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.


VISITED:- 1st September 2016

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 2nd January 2018

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