Cnoc na Grèine

View from north (Scale 1m).

A probable single stone row measuring 5m long, including a glacial erratic,  two upright slabs and a recumbent orthostat situated at the top of a steep slope overlooking the Sound of Harris. The row is orientated ESE to WNW and provides a restricted view to St Kilda. It has been suggested that this may be the remnants of a chambered cairn, but the surviving evidence is more consistent with a stone row interpretation.


Scotland North Uist Western Isles NF 92308 81871
Lat 57.720827   Long -7.1698759

Map showing the location of Cnoc na Grèine stone row.

Plan of Cnoc na Grèine stone row. Recumbent stones shown yellow and upright shown grey (Source: survey by Sandy Gerrard and Meg Rodger at 1:100).


Type: Single Length: 5m
No. of stones: 4 Size of stones: Medium and large
Orientation: 110° Altitude: 21m
Upper end: Glacial erratic Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  –

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes. But access is through the croftyard and permission should be sought.
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No


Category: Probable. Canmore records this site as a possible burial chamber. The evidence to support this interpretation is provided by the fact that it is almost certainly the site at which two human jaw bones were found sometime before 1860. The surviving structure does not however resemble a chambered cairn and more intriguing is the fact that previously there was said to have been a circle of stones around the erratic.  This is very reminiscent of the kerbed boulders found in SW England and provides support of a sort for the stone row explanation over the chambered cairn one.  Circles of stones at the top of rows is a known characteristic. The landscape setting is however typical for both rows and chambered cairns. On balance the stone row explanation seems the more compelling.


This stone row is of Type S3. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


The row is in a prominent skyline location. View from the south.

View from the south west (Scale 1m).

View from the south west (Scale 1m).

View from the north east.


Looking north west from above (Scale 1m).

View from above and north east (Scale 1m).

Looking south west from above (Scale 1m).

Looking north west along the row.

Access Information

Car parking is available at NF 92291 81754. From here walk up to Sunhill at NF 92426 81911 and seek permission.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Canmore     Sea Views

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.


VISITED:- 27th August 2015 and 11th August 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 15th March 2019

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