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Barra, Brevig, Druim A' Charra

Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric), Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Barra, Brevig, Druim A' Charra

Classification Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric), Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Breibhig; Heaval; Breivig; Cruchain

Canmore ID 21388

Site Number NL69NE 1

NGR NL 6890 9903

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Barra
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NL69NE 1 6890 9903.

(NL 6890 9903) Two standing stones are situated on the summit of the ridge Druim a Charra 'on the spur running down eastwards from Heaval to Breivig, about 250 yards [229m] north of Cruchain', about 250 ft above sea level. One is standing (inclined to the SSW) and is 9ft 2ins [2.79m] high and 6ft 10ins [2.08m] in girth at the base. The other, 14 1/2 ft [4.42m] to the south, is prostrate and is 10ft 7ins [3.23m] long. It must have stood originally about 24 1/2 ft [7.47m] from the one standing.

RCAHMS 1928.

The standing stone is as described above, but the fallen stone to the south has been broken, leaving two pieces measuring 1.3m and 1.1m.length. There is a further earthfast piece of stone, 0.8m long, nearby which may also have been part of the broken stone.

Visited by OS (N K B) 16 May 1965.

Scheduled as 'Breibhig, standing stones, Barra... two standing stones, one prostrate and broken, situated towards the back of a terrace above the township of Brevig [Breibhig], on the SE slopes of Heaval.'

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 12 September 2005.


Field Visit (2009)

NL 68917 99017 The eastern face of the remaining standing stone at Breibhig has a cup mark 48 x 12mm at a height of 0.9m.

George Currie


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