Watenan, East

Stone alignment and cairn. View from the south east (Scale 1m).

A fan-shaped multiple stone row measuring 40m long, including at least 8 small-sized stones arranged in at least 4 separate lines situated on a gentle south east facing slope. The row is orientated NNW to SSE, has restricted views of the sea and points at a nearby cairn situated at the upper end.  The row forms part of a cluster including at least 9 stone rows near Loch Watenan.


Scotland Caithness Northern Scotland ND 31717 42050
Lat 58.36167267   Long -3.16872251

Map showing the location of Watenan, East stone row.

Map showing the position of Watenan, East, the other stone rows and other sites around Watenan (Source: Canmore). 


Type: Multiple Length: 40m
No. of stones: 8 Size of stones: Only small
Orientation: 150° Altitude: 112m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  –
Notes: 4 rows. The tallest stone stands 0.29m high. Dense heather partly obscured the stones in September 2016.

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 M7. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Edge set slab pointing at the small cairn on the horizon. View from the south east (Scale 1m).

Edge set slabs forming part of the alignment in the area where an historic  holloway cuts through the rows. View from the east (Scale 1m). 

Two slabs and the associated skyline cairn. Dense heather made it difficult to locate the stones during the field visit. Only eight stones were found (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at ND 31885 40851. Follow the signposting to the Cairn O’Get. At ND 31523 40988 follow the track north to ND 31713 42049. After visiting this row it makes sense to have a look at Watenan, West also. Watenan, West is only about 400m away to the north west but the ground is uneven and care should be taken to avoid the frequent boggy areas.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Canmore     Historic Environment Record     Sea Views


VISITED:- 3rd September 2016

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 21st November 2020

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