The row before the second stone fell. ©Paul Blades. Original available at Megalithic Portal.

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.


Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Rest of Scotland NX 36458 44306
Lat 54.766965   Long -4.5436098

Map showing the location of Drumtroddan stone row.

Plan of Drumtroddan stone row . The slight bank west of the western stone is probably a denuded historic boundary bank. Yellow stones are recumbent and grey stone is upright. The western stone was standing until 2010 (Source: survey at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard).


Type: Single Length: 15m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 50° Altitude: 60m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cupmarked stones
Notes: There may have been a fourth stone. The spacing of the stones suggests that there may have been at least ono other stone between the upright slab and the middle stone.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes


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


This stone row is of Type S2. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


View from the south west before the second stone fell © George Currie

View from above and south west (Scale 1m). The stone on the left fell away from the camera in 2010.

View from above and west (Scale 1m).

Looking along the row from the south west (Scale 1m).

Looking along the row from the south west (Scale 1m).

The stone in the foreground fell to the left in 2010 (Scale 1m). 

The stone row may have originally something like this. View from above and west (Scale 1m).

Access Information 

Parking is available at NX 36383 44051. From here it is a short walk up the hill to the stone row.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore

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.

Ruggles, C.L.N., 1999, Astronomy in prehistoric Britain and Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 198.


VISITED:- 5th September 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 15th March 2019

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