The stone alignment includes mainly small stones, many just peeking through the turf (Scale 1m).
A fan-shaped multiple stone row measuring 41m long, including at least 111 small and medium-sized stones arranged in at least 10 separate lines and situated on a gentle west facing slope close to the River Thurso. The row is orientated ESE to WNW and stands between a pair of later brochs.
|Scotland||Caithness||Northern Scotland||ND 14830 49740|
|Lat 58.42775717 Long -3.46005703|
Simplified plan of the Tormsdale stone alignment. From a survey by Myatt, L.J. and Morris, C. available here.
|Type: Multiple||Length: 41m|
|No. of stones: 111||Size of stones: Small and medium|
|Orientation: 105°||Altitude: 71m|
|Upper end: –||Lower end: –|
|Straight (Yes or No) :||Sea View: No|
|Notes: 10 rows|
|Public Access: Yes|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: No|
Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.
The rows include small edge set slabs. View from the west (Scale 1m).
Many stones barely protrude through the surface and a significant number will be completely buried (Scale 1m).
One of the larger edge set slabs. The nearby River Thurso may have been visually incorporated into the design of the rows. View from south east (Scale 1m).
Not a photogenic alignment. Small stones combined with dense vegetation makes this site difficult to appreciate on the ground.
The tallest stone stands 0.55m high but most are considerably shorter than this (Scale 1m).
Car parking is available at ND 16869 50479. From here follow the wind farm road to ND 15079 49832 then head west towards the row. In 2016 a twin wire electric fence was encountered but was high enough to pass under. Obviously care should be taken and it also best to assume that it is live.
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.