Eyre Alignment

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

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
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.


This stone row is of Type S2. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


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.


VISITED:- 5th August 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 15th March 2019

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