Clach An Tursa

Copyright: George Currie

A single stone row measuring 7m long, including three large orthostats situated on a south west facing slope with restricted views of the nearby sea. Only the central stone (2.3m high) remains standing and the other two either broke when they fell or have been subsequently split. The row is orientated north west to south east and stands within an historic crofting landscape.


Scotland Isle of Lewis Western Isles NB 20422 42952
Lat 58.285936   Long -6.7719421

Map showing the location of Clach an Tursa stone row.

Plan of Clach an Tursa stone row. The upright stone is highlighted grey whilst the recumbent ones are shown yellow (Source: 1:100 survey by Sandy Gerrard).


Type: Single Length: 7m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 127° Altitude: 29m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  –
Notes: Originally this row included three closely spaced large upright orthostats. The remaining upright was probably the shortest of the stones and the other two probably stood over 3m high. Both the recumbent stones probably fell north eastward. The remaining upright is 2.3m high.

Other Information

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


Category: Plausible. Despite its proximity to historic structures 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.


Distant view from the north east

View from north west (Scale 1m).

The two southern stones. View from north (Scale 1m).

View from north east (Scale 1m).

View from south.

View from north west.

View from west (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Access to the stone row from the public highway is available at NB 20211 42764. From here walk up to the house and seek permission. The stone row is situated in a small narrow field behind the house.

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. 223.

Ruggles, C.L.N., 1999, Astronomy in prehistoric Britain and Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 196.


VISITED:- 7th August 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 15th March 2019

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