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Canna, A' Chill

Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Canna, A' Chill

Classification Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Stone Of Punishment; Keill, 'punishment Stone'

Canmore ID 10708

Site Number NG20NE 3

NGR NG 2688 0554

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Small Isles
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes ( - 1972)

NG20NE 3 2688 0554

(NG 2688 0554) Standing Stone (NR)

OS 6" map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)

A standing stone, at A' Chill, Canna, 6ft high, 11" broad and 9" thick. It is of freestone, in places highly polished and apparently dressed. Called the 'Stone of Punishment' (S Gordon 1950)

(RCAHMS 1928; S Gordon 1950).

Situated on the top of a rocky knoll and reinforced with concrete around its base. Undoubtedly partly dressed, but its period and purpose is impossible to determine. The stone has a small hole near the top on the S face, and is locally known as the 'Stone of Punishment'.

Visited by OS (I S S), 26 May 1972.


Field Visit (3 May 1994)

The so-called 'Punishment Stone' is a pillar of red sandstone situated on top of a ridge of outcrop. It measures about 0.35m by 0.2m and stands 2m in maximum height. There is a small hole in its S face 1.95m above ground-level.

(Canna 161).

Visited by RCAHMS (ARG, IMS), 3 May 1994

Aerial Photography (2 September 1994)


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