Font Size

100% 150% 200%

Background Colour

Default Contrast
Close Reset


Cup And Ring Marked Rock (Prehistoric)

Site Name Ballochmyle

Classification Cup And Ring Marked Rock (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 43557

Site Number NS52NW 18

NGR NS 5107 2552

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
© Copyright and database right 2017.

Digital Images

Administrative Areas

  • Council East Ayrshire
  • Parish Mauchline
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cumnock And Doon Valley
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS52NW 18 511 255.

Many cup-and-ring marks on face of cliff.

Information from R W B Morris, 5 November 1986

There are two large groups of cup-and-ring markings on a vertical sandstone rockface situated some 260m NE of Ballochmyle Viaduct.

Visited by RCAHMS (JBS) May 1987

By removing several feet of soil from the base of the corner that lies between the two main halves of this site a further 3 'trilithon-like' glyphs were revealed, to add to the large site total.

K Naddair 1989.


Field Visit (1987)

The Ballochmyle cup-and-ring markings were recorded by RCAHMS in early 1987 at the request of Historic Scotland. The drawing was undertaken by Ian Scott and John Stevenson and the photography by Geoffrey Quick. A short note describing the rockface was published by Jack Stevenson in 1994.

Laser Scanning (28 April 2015)

NS 5107 2552 A 3D laser scanning and high-resolution photogrammetrical survey of the extensive cup- and ring-marked outcrop at Ballochmyle was undertaken on 28 April 2015. High resolution geometric meshes were created and integrated with existing traditional hand-drawn illustrations to provide new visualisations of the carvings. A series of analytical techniques were also employed to produce colour coded and shaded views of the carved surfaces.

Archive: National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) intended

Funder: Forestry Commission Scotland

Graeme Cavers – AOC Archaeology Group

(Source: DES, Volume 16)


MyCanmore Image Contributions

Contribute an Image

MyCanmore Text Contributions