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Lundin Links, Standing Stones Of Lundin

Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Lundin Links, Standing Stones Of Lundin

Classification Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 32656

Site Number NO40SW 1

NGR NO 4048 0272

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Largo
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District North East Fife
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NO40SW 1 4048 0272

(NO 4048 0272) Standing Stones of Lundin (NR)

OS 6" map (1971)

The Standing Stones of Lundin are three tall, unsculptured, irregularly shaped pillars of red sandstone, from about 13'6" to 18' high. Each stone is packed round with small stones. They are probably the remains of a stone circle, 54' in diameter. A fourth stone is known to have existed towards the close of the 18th century. A skull, obtained about 1844 from a "coffin built of loose slabs" which had been exposed immediately adjoining the standing stones, was given to Sir Wm Turner, professor of anatomy, Edinburgh University, by Dr Lumgair of Largo. It was fractured, with a piece of iron that crumbled into rust on being touched, in the fracture.

New Statistical Account 1845; F R Coles 1903; W Turner 1917; RCAHMS 1933, visited 1925.

The stones are as described and illustrated.

Visited by OS (EGC) 16 October 1962.

Scheduled as Standing Stones of Lundin, Links of Lundin.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 23 February 2001.


Publication Account (1987)

This impressive group of stones has been the subject of conjecture for centuries; the New Statistical Account offers the theories current in the 1840s, including a Roman origin, or perhaps the gravestones of Danish chiefs who were defeated by Banquo and Macbeth, or most probably Druidical remains. For the modern prehistorian, the mention of the discovery of 'ancient sepulchres' nearby is an interesting link to other stones, including Orwell (no. 101). An astronomical significance for the stones has also been suggested. There is a pair of stones with a third at a point 30m to the north; in the late 18th century there was a fourth stone which lay broken nearby. The single stone is about 5.5m tall, and the pair measures about 4.1m and 4.6m in height respectively.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Fife and Tayside’, (1987).


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