Eyre Alignment

View from the north east.

View from the north east.

Location

Scotland Isle of Skye Western Isles NG 41436 52509
Lat 57.4888809   Long -6.31637891

 

Plan of Eyre alignment (Source: 1:100 survey by Sandy Gerrard).

Characteristics

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
Notes:

Other Information

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

Identification

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.


Photographs

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.


Access Information

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.


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, 196.

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