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Cairnfield (Prehistoric), Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Achnagarron

Classification Cairnfield (Prehistoric), Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 5972

Site Number NC70SW 18

NGR NC 7327 0497

NGR Description NC 7327 0497 and NC 7329 0495

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Rogart
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland

Archaeology Notes

NC70SW 18 7327 0497 and 7329 0498

Some 100 yards NE of the westmost croft at Achnagarron, are two standing stones which look as if they might have been members of a stone circle. They stand about 95ft apart in a direction pointing 70 E of N. The most easterly stands about 5ft high, and is about 2ft 6ins wide at base, roughly quadrangular in section, and pointed at the upper end. It leans slightly to one side. The second stone is some 4ft 8ins high, 2ft 3ins across the base, and is also pointed.


The standing stones, as described above, are located at NC 7329 0498 and NC 7326 0496. No other stones of this alleged circle were found. Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (R B) 21 February 1966.

(NC 7329 0498 and NC 7326 0496) Standing Stones (NR)

OS 25"map, (1968)

The standing stones, as described, occur at different heights some 30m apart, and it is therefore highly unlikely that they represent the remains of a stone circle.

Visited by OS (N K B) 10 June 1981.


Field Visit (6 July 1995)

Two standing stones, situated about 30m apart, and a spread of small cairns are situated on a heather-covered rise to the N of Achngarron. The ENE stone (NC 7329 0498, ROG95 921) stands 1.6m high, is 0.8m square at the base, with its faces presented to the cardinal points of the compass. It leans to the S and there are packing stones visible at the base of the stone. The WSW stone (NC 7327 0497, ROG95 922) is 1.3m in height, subrectangular in section, and measures 0.9m from N to S by 0.6m transversely. The small cairns extend for a distance of up to 140m from E to W by 60m transversely along the spine of the hill on which the standing stones are set.

(ROG95 921-2)

Visited by RCAHMS (PJD) 6 July 1995


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