Loch Rimsdale

Looking south along the rows. Only some of the largest stones are visible (Scale 1m).

A fan-shaped multiple stone row measuring 12.4m long, including at least 42 small and medium-sized stones arranged in at least 4 separate lines and situated on a south facing slope within a forest clearing. The row is orientated north to south and there is a probable cairn at the upper northern end. The row stands in an area containing a standing stone and prehistoric settlements.


Scotland Sutherland Northern Scotland NC 71620 34865
Lat 58.28369893    Long -4.19114116

Map showing the location of Loch Rimsdale stone row.

Simplified plan of Loch Rimsdale stone rows. From a survey by Gourlay, R.A. available here.


Type: Multiple Length: 12.4m
No. of stones: 42 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 0° Altitude: 200m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Standing stone and prehistoric settlement
Notes:  4 rows. Tallest stone stands 0.43m high. The rows are surrounded by forestry and no assement of the visual relationship with the landscape was possible.

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.


Terminal stones at the lower southern end . View from west (Scale 1m).

Terminal stones at the lower southern end . In common with many multiple rows the largest stones are at the bottom.  View from east (Scale 1m).

Terminal stones at the lower southern end . View from north west (Scale 1m).

Three small stones forming one of the rows at Loch Rimsdale. View from south (Scale 1m).

The row is mainly composed of very small stones (Scale 1m).

Looking south along the rows. Some of the terminal stones are visible next to the ranging rod (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at NC 72361 39899. From here it is a very long walk to the stone row. Follow the path leading south from the parking area to NC 72471 37400. Then follow the forestry fence to NC 72559 36476. Climb the stile and then follow the forest ride. It may be best to keep to the left hand side. At NC 71904 35164 cross the forest track and follow a second ride to a forest clearing at NC 71715 34933. A standing stone close to this point is not part of the row. From here the row is about 130m to the west. Having visited the row it is a long way back and you need to allow plenty of time. Alternatively if you have access to a bicycle it may be possible to follow forest tracks from a car parking area at NC 69045 42692. Either way this is not an easy row to get to.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     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.

Gourlay, R. A., 1975, Field Survey in the Loch Rimsdale Area, Glasgow 1975.


VISITED:- 6th September 2016

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 2nd January 2018

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