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Groat's Loch

Stone Row (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Site Name Groat's Loch

Classification Stone Row (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Canmore ID 9023

Site Number ND34SW 24

NGR ND 311 408

NGR Description ND c. 311 408

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

ND34SW 24 c. 311 408.

(Area ; ND 311 408) The remains of stone rows lie on low ground to the south of Broughwhin, and between 'Cairn Hanach' (ND 3100 4084) and the fence of the enclosed park to the west of Groat's Loch.

Two rows can be seen, aligned approximately NNW and SSE, diverging to the N. from a single stone. The west row contains eleven stones and is 111ft long: the eastern row, with four stones is 80ft long and finishes 10ft away from the other row.

The stones, set facing across the rows are '... of the usual character ...' Some 20ft beyond the end of the west row is a single stone, set across the row, which may be associated.

RCAHMS 1911.

There are a small number of stones, a few of them earthfast, in a bog within the area indicated by the RCAHMS. They form an irregular line but are a natural formation.

Visted by OS (N K B) 27 April 1967.

(Accepted as an antiquity by Myatt; not natural). Cairn Hanach (ND34SW 30), also known as Kenny's cairn, lies to the west of the remains of two rows of small stones. The stones are small and flat, of local sandstone and with their broad faces aligned along the rows. They are situated on level and low-lying ground and run approximately in a SSE to NNW direction. The row to the west has ten stones over a distance of 34m whilst the second row to the east has three stones over a distance of 24m. None of the stones is more than about 0.4m above the surface.

L Myatt 1988.

No trace of these alleged stone rows were found on the date of visit in an area of boggy heather moorland. They were interpreted as natural by the Ordnance Survey but accepted as genuine by Myatt (1988).

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS) 24 May 2004


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