S46 Scarista, Harris

The four southern stones. View from the north.

A possible single stone row measuring 41m long, including four large recumbent and one upright orthostats situated on a gentle north facing slope overlooking the Sound of Taransay. The row is orientated north to south. Further standing stones in the vicinity may represent the remains of a stone circle. It is possible that these stones are either entirely natural or were placed to form a boundary.


Scotland Isle of Harris Western Isles ND 31256 40434
Lat 57.834808   Long -7.0197836

Map showing the location of S46 Scarista stone row.

Plan of S46 Scarista stone row (Source: 1:500 survey by Sandy Gerrard).


Type: Single Length: 41m
No. of stones: 5 Size of stones: Medium and large
Orientation: 172° Altitude: 12m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone circle

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No


Category: Possible. There are a large number of rocks in this area and therefore it is possible that this row of stones was formed naturally.  It is also possible that the stones were placed in a line to denote a boundary or perhaps indicate an intention to build a field boundary. This said the proximity of the row to the nearby stone circle combined with the fact that it looks like a prehistoric stone row and some very precise visual links means that there is a strong possibility that this is the remains of a prehistoric stone row.


Northernmost stone. View from west (Scale 1m).

Northernmost stone. View from east (Scale 1m). It may be significant that the remaining standing stone in the Scarista stone circle denotes the point where the sea in front of the far headland disappears from view.

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

The southern four stones. View from the north west (Scale 1m).

Looking north along the row (Scale 1m).

Southern stone in the foreground and the remaining stones beyond (Scale 1m).

View from south east. Stones and stone circle highlighted.

Access Information

Car parking is available at NG 01901 93809. From here walk along the road verge to NG 02062 93814 and enter the field. The stone row is to your right and the stone circle is straight ahead.

Online Resources 

Canmore     Historic Environment Record


VISITED:- 9th August 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 10th February 2018

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