Airigh Na Gaoithe

View from south east.

Location

Scotland North Uist Western Isles NF 82683 67631
Lat 57.58694072   Long -7.3104967

Plan of Airigh na Gaoithe stone row. Source: GPS survey by Sandy Gerrard

Airigh na Gaoithe stone row. View from the car park at Barpa Langass chambered cairn.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 251m
No. of stones: 5 Size of stones: Large and medium
Orientation: 97° Altitude: 41m
Upper end: Long cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Long cairn
Notes:

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

Category: Probable. The lack of other stones in the vicinity combined with the presence of a long cairn adjacent to the upper end of the row suggests that these stones probably represent the remains of a stone row.

Individual Stones

Plan of Airigh na Gaoithe stone row showing the numbered stones.

Stone 1

[NF 82536 67681] is 2m long by 1.4m wide and 1.2m high. Orientation is 30°.

Stone 1 View from east (scale 1m).

Stone 1 View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 1 View from west. Stone 2 is visible on the skyline  (Scale 1m).

Stone 2

[NF 82590 67665] is 3.38m long by 0.32m wide and 1.64m high. Orientation is 85°.

Stone 2 View from east . Stone 1 is visible to the left of the ranging rod (Scale 1m).Stone 2 View from north east. Stone is visible in the background (Scale 1m). Stone 2 View from south (Scale 1m). Stone 2 View from west. Stone 3 is visible (Scale 1m).

Stone 2 View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 3

[NF 82629 67661] is 0.80m long by 0.76m wide and 0.42m high. Orientation is 130°.

Stone 3 View from east. Stone 2 in the background (Scale 1m).

Stone 3 View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 3 in the foreground and stone 2 beyond. View from east.

Stone 4

[NF 82635 67659] is 0.80m long by 0.37m wide and 0.05m high. Orientation is 37°.

Stone 4 View from east. Stones 3 and 4 beyond (Scale 1m).

Stone 5

[NF 82683 67631] is 0.90m long by 0.38m wide and 0.70m high. Orientation is 110°.

Stone 5 View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 5 View from north west. Long cairn visible beyond (Scale 1m).

Stone 5 View from south (Scale 1m).

 The Long Cairn

The row terminates at its eastern end adjacent to a long cairn.  It is very likely that the row and cairn are contemporary.

Long cairn and stone row. View from east (Scale 1m).

Long cairn and stone 5. View from west (Scale 1m).

Long cairn and stone 5. View from west (Scale 1m).

Landscape Reveal

As one walks eastward along the row extensive views to the east and north which are wholly restricted from the western end of the row open up. The respective ends of the row are not intervisible.

Walking eastward along the row hills to the north and east appear on the skyline.

A few steps further and the hills are fully revealed at the same point where the long cairn adjacent to the end of the row becomes visible.

Access Information

This is not an easy stone row to get to. Whichever way you approach it from involves walking through boggy terrain and dodging around lochans.  Access from the south is relatively straightforward with the advantage that the row is visible from the start. Car parking is available at NF 83520 65827 and while you are here a visit to the nearby Barpa Langass chambered cairn is a must. From the car park carefully cross the road and walk along the verge to NF 82832 65399. From here head north avoiding the lochans. A couple of streams will need to be jumped. I would recommend wellingtons for this one. I can not overstate just how wet the ground conditions are. Assume that progress will be slow and do not set out late in the day. A decent map is essential.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal    Canmore     Historic Environment Record

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