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Portormin, Dunbeath

Rune Inscribed Stone (Norse)

Site Name Portormin, Dunbeath

Classification Rune Inscribed Stone (Norse)

Alternative Name(s) Dunbeath Heritage Centre

Canmore ID 251226

Site Number ND12NE 35

NGR ND 16 29

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Latheron
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Early Medieval Carved Stones Project

Portomin, Caithness, rune-inscribed stone

Measurements: H

Stone type: sandstone

Place of discovery: ND 16 29

Present location: in Dunbeath Heritage Centre.

Evidence for discovery: found on the beach near Portomin on Dunbeath Bay in 2003.

Present condition: good.


This large water-worn boulder bears eight incised runes, an informal graffito message.

Date range: early medieval.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2019


Note (14 October 2003)

ND12NE 35 16 29

A rune-inscribed boulder, found on the beach at Portormin, is now preserved at the Dunbeath Heritage Centre.

Information from RCAHMS (IFr), 14 October 2003.


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