Loch Watenan

Loch Watenan

Copyright: Tom Bullock. Original available at Megalithic Portal.

Location

Scotland Caithness Northern Scotland ND 31747 41048
Lat 58.35267829   Long -3.167878544

 

Characteristics

Type: Stone Pair Length: 14.1m
No. of stones: 2 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 71° Altitude: 91m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairn, cists and stone alignments
Notes: This site has been previously described as the possible site of stone rows.  Only two stones are upright and only one of these is aligned with the recumbent slabs. The line of recumbent slabs coincides with a scarp that is parallel with the natural rock outcrop in this area. Similar slabs exist in profusion in the surrounding area and this combined with the position on a flat terrace makes it extremely unlikely that this is a stone alignment. It is however likely that the two upright represent a stone pair.

Other Information

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

Photographs

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A pair of upright stones at the southern end of a terrace. The near stone (western) measures 0.80m high. View from west (Scale 1m).

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Looking down on the stone pair from the hillside above. View from west. 

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The eastern stone of the stone pair measures 0.55m high. View from west (Scale 1m).

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Looking south towards the western upright stone. These recumbent slabs have previously been identified as possibly representing the remains of a stone alignment. They lie at the top of a scarp and are likely to be of natural origin. 

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View from above and south showing the stone pair in the background and recumbent slabs in the foreground (Scale 1m).

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View from above and south of the stone pair and recumbent slabs (Scale 1m).

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The terrace with Loch Watenan and the sea beyond.

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Large numbers of similar pepper the surrounding area.

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A similar alignment of recumbent slabs on the same orientation can be seen a short distance to the west.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     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. 222.

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