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Clach na Carraig

Standing Stone / Menhir

<b>Clach na Carraig</b>Posted by postmanImage © Chris Bickerton
Also known as:
  • Clach na Carra
  • Carrach Dhiarmaid
  • Carragh Dhiarmaid

Nearest Town:Oban (5km W)
OS Ref (GB):   NM908289 / Sheet: 49
Latitude:56° 24' 21.11" N
Longitude:   5° 23' 27.62" W

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I visited this on the way back from Mull. The farmer has provided a sort of wire step arrangement to allow those with long legs to get over the fence! This is a big stone - 3.8m tall. nickbrand Posted by nickbrand
22nd April 2003ce

Visited summer 1991: I can only dimly remember this visit, and unfortunately I was totally oblivious to the stone circle and cairns at the time. Either that or we stumbled across the stone by chance. I know I was impressed by the size of the thing, but I wish I'd paid more attention. Kammer Posted by Kammer
2nd April 2003ce
Edited 27th October 2005ce

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"The impressive standing stone at Strontoiller is a rough-cut pillar, standing some thirteen feet high, which was used in healing rituals. It is said to mark the grave of Diarmid, the mythical hero. The adjacent cairn was excavated and some cremated bone was found. Quartz chips and pebbles were found under the kerbstone: quartz is often associated with burial sites in the west."

Magic and Witchcraft in Scotland

by Joyce Miller.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
9th November 2009ce

This standing stone is said to mark the grave of Diarmid, a mythical hero who was associated with Finn MacCool. Posted by Martin
28th December 2001ce
Edited 2nd April 2003ce

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George Eastman House Archive


An old photo of Clach na Carraig by Alvin Langdon Coburn, tantalizingly described as "Serpent Mound & Cross, Cross Iova, Stone Oban".

The date of the photo isn't clear. Mr Coburn was alive between 1882 and 1966, so my guess would be early 20th Century.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
10th June 2004ce
Edited 10th June 2004ce