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Lewis, Laxdale, Priest's Glen

Stone Circle (Neol/bronze Age)

Site Name Lewis, Laxdale, Priest's Glen

Classification Stone Circle (Neol/bronze Age)

Canmore ID 4300

Site Number NB43NW 1

NGR NB 4111 3519

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Stornoway
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NB43NW 1 4111 3519.

Stone cirle (remains), Priests Glen, Laxdale. Three prostrate stones mark the periphery of this circle, which is about 50 yards in diameter. One, on the N arc, is 5ft long and 3ft 2 ins broad: the others, on the S arc, 30ft 6 ins apart, are 5ft and 5ft 6 ins long and 2ft 8 ins and 2ft 5 ins broad respectively.

RCAHMS 1928, visited 1914.

The remains of this stone circle, 47.0m in diameter, comprise five prostrate stones, three of them half-buried, and a group of small earthfast stones, possibly packing for a sixth. The circle is at NB 4111 3519.

Within the circle, but off centre, is an oval heavily turfed mound, c.15.0m N-S by c.12.0m transversely and 0.7m high, Although it could be mistaken for a central cairn there is no evidence of stones and it is probably fortuitous, a result of peat digging in the area.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (A A) 23 June 1969.


Field Visit (24 June 1914)

Stone Circle (remains), Priests Glen, Laxdale.

On the broad summit of the ridge, Cnoc Mor or Cnocan t-Sagairt, between New Valley and the Laxdale River, some 7/8 mile due west of Laxdale School and 1 ½ miles north-west of Stornoway, at an elevation of 200 feet above sea-level, and commanding an extensive prospect over the Eye peninsula and the Minch to the east, are three prostrate pillar stones, the remains of a stone circle, which, judging from their present position, must have had a diameter of about 50 yards. The one stone on the northern arc is 5 feet in length and 3 feet 2 inches broad, while the other two on the southern arc, which lie 30 feet 6 inches apart, measure 5 feet in length by 2 feet 8 inches in breadth and 5 feet 6 inches in length and 2 feet 5 inches in breadth respectively.

RCAHMS 1928, visited 24 June 1914

Lewis xx (unnoted).


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