View from the north east.
A possible single stone row measuring 5.4m long, which probably originally included three large orthostats situated on a narrow terrace adjacent to Loch Eyre. Only two stones remain, the northern one stands 1.54m high and the southern one which is 1.66m tall protrudes from a low elongated mound. The row is orientated NNW to SSE. The doubts regarding identification exist because it is not known whether the third stone was in line with the others and the presence of the mound. There are several cairns in the vicinity.
|Scotland||Isle of Skye||Western Isles||NG 41435 52510|
|Lat 57.48881 Long -6.3163193|
Map showing the location of Eyre Alignment.
Plan of Eyre alignment (Source: 1:100 survey by Sandy Gerrard).
|Type: Single||Length: 5.4m|
|No. of stones: 3||Size of stones: Only large|
|Orientation: 153°||Altitude: 3m|
|Upper end: –||Lower end: –|
|Straight (Yes or No) :||Sea View: Yes|
|Context: – Cairns|
|Public Access: Yes|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes|
Category: Possible. Only two stones now stand at this location, but according to the Scottish Royal Commission a third stone once stood here. It is however not clear whether this third stone was aligned with the remaining two or indeed what the source of this information was. The second issue concerns the siting of the stones, one of which clearly stands on a small elongated mound. This setting is not typical for stone rows and therefore reasonable doubts concerning its identification exist. Whilst recorded as a possible row for the moment there maybe enough uncertainty to allow for its reclassification in the future.
5th August 2017
View from the south.
View from the north (Scale 1m).
View from south west (Scale 1m). Both stones are clearly associated with a small elongated mound.
View from south east (Scale 1m).
View from north.
View from south highlighting the position of two nearby cairns.
View showing the cairn at NG 41405 52629 in the foreground and the standing stones beyond.
The stones can be seen from the public highway, however if you wish to get up close, it is safest to park at NG 42052 51884 and follow the road on foot to the gateway at NG 41476 52636. From here cross the field to the stones.
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, 196.
VISITED:- 5th August 2017
FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016
LAST UPDATED:- 10th Februrary 2018