Promontory Views

Hartland Point is clearly visible from North Regis Common stone row.

At least 87 stone rows have views of promontories from them. Most protrude into the sea, but some are to found adjacent to inland waters. Promontories are distinctive landscape features and the possibility therefore exists that they were deliberately incorporated into the viewshed of stone rows. Clearly there is no way of proving this, but the fact that nearly 30% of all rows were built with a view towards a promontory does suggest an element of deliberation. Promontories are obvious features in the landscape and would have been particularly useful maritime navigation aids in the days before lighthouses. They also represent a prominent edge between water and land and may therefore have been of special significance to prehistoric peoples.  Many were in later centuries utilised as ideal locations for defended settlements.

Distribution of stone rows with a promontory view.

Promontory view at Achnancarranan stone row.

Lochan promontories at Airigh Na Gaoithe stone row.

Promontories at Ardnacross N and S stone rows.

Distant promontory fored by Lleyn Peninsula at Arthog Standing Stones.

Viewshed analysis shows promontory views from Auldearn stone row.

Promontory view at Baliscate stone row.

Prominent promontory at Ballochroy stone row.

Hartland Point in North Devon is visible from Bancbryn stone row.

 

Lochan and sea promontories are visible from Blashaval stone row.

Viewshed analysis shows promontory views from the site of Borlum stone row.

Promontories at Brainport Bay stone row.

Viewshed analysis shows promontory views from the site of Bray Common stone row.

Viewshed analysis shows promontory views from Brwyno-Canol stone row. Dense forest made on-site visual assessment impossible.

Promontory at Bryn Seward stone may have looked rather different in prehistoric times.

Mount Edgecombe promonotory is visible from the lower end of Burford Down stone row.

Mount Edgecombe promontory is visible at Butterbrook 1 and Butterbrook 2 stone rows.

Viewshed analysis shows promontory views from Butterdon Hill stone row.

Promontories at Callanish 5 stone row.

Promontories at Callanish West stone row.

Promontories at Callanish, East and North stone rows.

Promontories at Callanish, South stone row.

Promontories at Cardinham Moor/Colvannick Tor stone row.

Hartland Point is visible from Careg Lwyd 1 stone row (Source:- Google Earth Pro).

Hartland Point is visible from Careg Lwyd 2 stone row (Source:- Google Earth Pro).

Hartland Point is visible from Carreg Cadno stone row (Source:- Google Earth Pro).

Promontory at Machrihanish is visible from Clochkeil stone row.

Promontories at Cnoc na Grèine stone row.

Loch promontories visible at Cnoc Molach stone row.

Three prominent promontories are visible from Collard Tor E and Collard Tor W stone rows (Source: Google Earth Pro).

Promontory at Commonbank stone row.

St John’s Head on Hoy is visible from Creag Bhreac Mhor stone row. Although not visible in this image the Old Man of Hoy can also be seen on a clear day standing in front of the cliff edge. 

Viewshed analysis shows promontory views from Druim Na Ceud stone row.

Viewshed analysis shows promontory views from Drumtroddan stone row.

Promontories and islands are visible from Escart stone row.

Promontory visible at Eyre Alignment.

Lochan promontories at Finlaggan stone row.

Promontories associated with Bardsey Island and Lleyn Peninsula are visible at Fonllech stone row.

Promontory north of Tywyn visible at Fonllech stone row.

Viewshed analysis shows that Mount Edgecombe and Penlee Point promontories are visible from Glasscombe Ball N stone row.

Promontory at northern end of Coll visible at Glengorm stone row.

Promontory at Brean Down is visible from Gray Hill stone row.

Viewshed analysis shows promontory views from Higher Town Bay stone row.

Promontory visible at Inveryne stone row.

Promontories visible at Lacra NE stone row.

Promontories visible at Lacra SW stone row.

Hartland Point promontory is visible at Longstone Barrow stone row.

Viewshed analysis shows promontory views from Maol Mor stone row. This row is currently situated within dense forestry.

Staddon Heights and Mount Edgecombe promontories are visible at Merrivale 1 stone row.

Staddon Heights and Mount Edgecombe promontories are visible at Merrivale 2 stone row.

Staddon Heights and Mount Edgecombe promontories are visible at Merrivale 3 stone row.

Mount Edgecombe promontory is visible at Merrivale 4, 5 and 6.

Viewshed analysis shows promontory views from the site of Milton stone row.

Distant Pembrokeshire promontories are visible at Mynydd Clywedog stone row.

A pair of promontories at Nine Maidens stone row.

Promontory visible at North Ings stone row.

Hartland Point is visible at North Regis Common stone row.

Promontories at Parc y Meirw stone row.

Promontories at Penn Beacon, South stone row (Source: Google Earth Pro).

Promontories at Penn Beacon, SW stone row (Source: Google Earth Pro).

Promontory formed by Lizard Peninsula visible at Piles Hill stone row (Source: Google Earth Pro).

 

Staddon Heights is visible from Ringmoor Down stone row (Source: Google Earth Pro).

Promontories at Rinns Of Shurdimires stone row (Source: Google Earth Pro).

Rubha Màs a’ Chnuic promontory at S46 Scarista, Harris stone row.

Promontories at Sannaig stone row (Source: Google Earth Pro). Dense forestry means that this view is not currently available.

Promontory at Scallastle stone row.

Promontories at Sgealtrabhal ( Skeal Traval) stone row.

Promontories at Sharpitor NW 1 stone row.

Promontories at Sharpitor NW 2 stone row.

Promontories at Sharpitor, West stone row.

Promontories at Shaugh Moor stone row.

Promontories at Shell Top SW stone row (Source: Google Earth Pro).

Promontories at Spurrell’s Cross stone row.

Promontory at Stalldown stone row.

Promontory at Stalldown SE stone row.

Promontory at Stannon stone row.

Promontory at Stravanan Bay stone row.

Promontory at The Kirk stone row.

Promontory at the site of Upper Dounreay stone row.

Lleyn Peninsula promontory at Waun Oer stone row.


FIRST PUBLISHED:- 30th December 2018
LAST UPDATED:- 9th January 2021
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