Rest of Scotland

Torhousekie, East

The 11 stone alignments in the rest of Scotland are situated beyond the main clusters. These isolated examples unsurprisingly vary considerably, but all consist of at least three stones aligned along a common axis.  The alignments at Broomend of Crichie are directly associated with a henge whilst two at Torhousekie are situated close to a stone circle. Indeed one of them is in the centre of a stone circle. In common with the identified Scottish regions the stones comprising the alignments are generally large.

Map showing location of Rest of Scotland 

 

Interactive map showing the distribution of stone rows in the rest of Scotland. 

Rest of Scotland stone alignments at a glimpse

Rest of Scotland stone alignment plans

Simplified plans of the stone alignments in the rest of Scotland. Scale for rows is in top right hand box except where otherwise shown. Click on image to open a higher resolution version.

Rest of Scotland stone alignments in charts

Pie charts showing the proportions of different types of stone row in the rest of Scotland and Great Britain. Click on image to see a higher resolution version. Compared to Great Britain as a whole there are no triple or multiple rows which may seem a bit odd as there are so many in Northern Scotland.

 

Pie charts showing the proportions of different lengths of rest of Scotland and British stone rows. Click on image to see a higher resolution version.

Pie charts showing the proportions of different numbers of stones recorded at rest of Scotland and British stone rows. Click on image to see a higher resolution version.

Pie charts showing the proportions of different stone sizes recorded at rest of Scotland and British stone rows. Click on image to see a higher resolution version.

Radar graphs showing the orientation of rest of Scotland and British stone rows.

Rest of Scotland stone alignments in numbers
No. of alignments 11
Number of single alignments 7
Number of double alignments 3
Number of triple alignments 0
Number of multiple alignments 0
Number of combination alignments 1
Maximum length 457m
Minimum length 4.7m
Average length 102.52m
Median length 31.1m
Longest alignment Broomend of Crichie, South
Shortest alignment Torhousekie, East
Total number of recorded stones 167
Average number of stones in each alignment 16.7
Alignments including small stones 1
Alignments including medium stones 5
Alignments including large stones 9
Average orientation 65°
Average altitude 86m
Median altitude 60m
Highest alignment The Shearers (310m)
Lowest alignment Milton (12m)
Cairn at the top of alignment 1
Cairn at the bottom of alignment 0
Scheduled alignments 7
Individual Rows

A summary of information for the individual stone alignments can be viewed by clicking on the site names below.  Whilst it is believed that the existing information is accurate, mistakes inevitably occur and should you spot any your help in improving this resource would be much appreciated. Your help will of course be fully acknowledged. Please use the contact button to get in touch.

Auldearn

A single stone row measuring 76.2m long, including six widely spaced large-sized boulders leading south east from a kerbed cairn with surrounding berm. Originally this row would have had restricted views of the nearby sea.

 

 

 


 

Broomend of Crichie, North

A probable double stone row known from a 1920’s account of the archaeology of this area. The row was situated on a terrace next to the River Don and is said to have stood between a concentric stone circle which has also been destroyed, but which is known from a 1780 map and the henge which still survives. The row would have been about 46m long, composed of large stones and orientated north to south. A second stone row leading from the henge partially survives.

 

 

 


Broomend of Crichie, South

A substantial double stone row (or avenue) measuring at least 457m long, originally including around 80 large stones of which only four now survive. The row is situated on a terrace next to the River Don, is orientated north to south and leads from a henge at its northern end. There were originally cairns and a concentric stone circle in the vicinity but these no longer survive.

 


Drumtroddan

A single stone row measuring 15m long, including three large orthostats situated on a south facing terrace with restricted views of the nearby sea. The north eastern stone measures up to 3.4m high and the other two are now recumbent. The stone spacing suggests that the row may have originally included at least five orthostats. The south western stone fell in 2010. The row is orientated north east to south west and stands in an area with rock art.

 

 


Dyke Row

A probable single stone row measuring 8.7m long, including one medium and two large-sized orthostats situated on a terrace adjacent to a busy main road. The stones stand up to between 1.7m and 0.7m high, arranged in height order with the tallest at the south. The row is orientated NNE to SSW and doubts concerning its identification revolve around its proximity to the road.

 


Milton

A possible double stone row known at this location only from an early 19th century account by George Anderson which states there are “two rows of upright stones, thirty in number, forming a straight avenue or passage of two or three feet in width, and which probably conducted to some circle or tumulus now removed from off the adjoining field. The direction of these rows is from ENE to WNW, and the stones at the western end are considerably larger than the others”.

 

 

 


Rinns of Shurdimires

A probable single stone row measuring 16.2m long, including two large-sized orthostats and one medium-sized stone situated on the western side of a rock outcrop. The row is orientated north to south. Three separate sea views are visible from the row and two distinctive promontories are visually linked by prominent rock outcrops.

 

 

 


The Shearers

A probable single stone row measuring at least 124m long, including 30 mainly medium and three  large-sized stones partly crossing a prominent ridge.  The row is sinuous in form, orientated east to west and sits within an historic field system. A nearby mound may represent a cairn. There are a number of landscape reveals. Uncertainty regarding its interpretation hinges on its proximity to an Iron Age fort and the possibility that it represents a robbed boundary wall similar to others known in the region. On balance a stone row interpretation seems most likely because no other boundaries of this type are known in the immediate vicinity, no relict bank is visible and the stone spacing is consistent.

 


Tom nan Carragh

A possible single stone row measuring 286m long, including three large upright orthostats and three recumbent slabs situated on a pronouced ridge adjacent to the River Spey. The three upright stones stand between 2.25m and 2m and the row is orientated north east to south west. The western recumbent stone has two or possible three cup-marks. The doubts regarding identification exist because it is possible that this represents a group of stone pairs.

 

 

 


Torhousekie, East

A single stone row measuring 4.7m long, including one medium and two large-sized orthostats situated on top of a small knoll overlooking Torhousekie stone circle. The stones stand up to between 1.09m and 0.7m high, arranged in height order with the tallest at the south west.  The row is orientated north east to south west and stands in the vicinity of several cairns, a stone circle and another stone row.

 


Torhousekie, stone circle

A probable single stone row measuring 6.4m long, including one medium and two large-sized orthostats situated in the middle of a stone circle. The stones stand up to between 1.14m and 0.48m high, with the smallest in the middle.  The row is orientated ENE to WSW and stands in the vicinity of several cairns and another stone row. It is possible that the stones formed part of a prehistoric structure of another type.

 


 

LAST UPDATED: 23rd July 2018

 

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