S2 – Short single rows composed of less than 10 large sized stones

Callanish, West on the Isle of Lewis

Distribution of short single rows composed of less than 10 large-sized stones

With 39 known examples, this is the most common type of stone row. The distribution of short single rows composed of less than 10 large-sized stones is very much focused on Argyll and Isles, Central Scotland and the Western Isles. Isolated examples of rows of this type also seemingly survive in southern Scotland, Northumberland and Wales. Most significantly, there is only one known example (Joan Ford’s Newtake) on the moors of South West England where nearly half of all Great British rows are found. A further isolated row on the Isles of Scilly at Higher Town Bay is of uncertain identification.   The Welsh rows of this type are Carreg CadnoCourt Stone Row 1Harolds Stones and Saith Maen NW. All four are of less than certain identity for a variety of reasons and to these we can now add their position well beyond the heartland for this form of row. This helpful discovery may help us to narrow down the distribution for this type of row. By contrast the row at Drumtroddan and Five Kings are currently considered to be plausible. Perhaps ultimately it will be demonstrated that plausible rows of this type are found only in the northern part of Great Britain with the greatest concentration being in Argyll and Isles. Future work may in turn provide a date and social context for these rows. 

Simplified plans of all short single rows composed of less than 10 large sized stones

Full details for each stone row can be found by clicking either on the map above or the site name below.

The Individual Rows

Achnancarranan on the Isle of Islay


Ardnacross, North on Isle of Mull


Ardnacross, South on the Isle of Mull


Baliscate on the Isle of Mull


Ballochroy in Argyll and Isles


Ballymeanoch at Kilmartin Glen


Balnaguard in Central Scotland


Borve on the Isle of Skye


Callanish 5 on the Isle of Lewis


Callanish, West on the Isle of Lewis


Carragh a’Ghlinne on the Isle of Jura


Carreg Cadno on the Brecon Beacons


Clach An Tursa on the Isle of Lewis


Clochkeil in Argyll and Isles


Commonbank in Central Scotland


Court 1 in Mid Wales


Dervaig centre on the Isle of Mull


Dervaig SSE on the Isle of Mull


Doune (Glenhead) in Central Scotland


Drumtroddan in Dumfriess and Galloway


Duachy in Argyll


Dunamuck, North in Kilmartin Glen, Argyll


Escart in Argyll


Eyre Alignment on the Isle of Skye


Five Kings in Northumberland


Gallowhill Wood in Central Scotland


Glengorm on the Isle of Mull


Harolds Stones in Monmouthshire


Higher Town Bay, St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly ©Cheryl Straffon


Joan Ford’s Newtake


Maol Mor on the Isle of Mull


Pitmudie in Central Scotland


Quinish on the Isle of Mull


Saith Maen NW in the Brecon Beacons


Salachary in Argyll


Sannaig on the Isle of Jura


Scallastle on the Isle of Mull


Stravanan Bay on the Isle of Bute


Uluvalt on the Isle of Mull


Building a Typology


First Published:- 2nd March 2018

Last Updated:- 9th May 2020

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