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Achnancarranan Standing Stones
10 posts
An Dunan Hillfort
11 posts
The Ard Promontory Fort
13 posts
Ardilistry Stone Circle
3 posts
Ardnave Loch Crannog
17 posts
1 site
Ballinaby (south) Standing Stone / Menhir
10 posts
Ballynaughton Chambered Cairn
11 posts
Barr An T-Seann Duine Promontory Fort
6 posts
Branhunisary Standing Stone / Menhir
7 posts
Caisteal Mhic Dhomhnuill Cairn(s)
3 posts
Callumkill Cairn(s)
12 posts
Carnduncan Cairn(s)
11 posts
Carragh Bhan Standing Stone / Menhir
11 posts
Clachan Ceann Ile Standing Stone / Menhir
9 posts
Cnoc Mor Ghrasdail Cairn(s)
2 posts
Cnoc nan Guaillean Standing Stone / Menhir
2 posts
1 site
Cnoc nan Nathrach Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
11 posts
Cnoc Seannda Cairn(s)
7 posts
Coille A'chnoic Mhoir Standing Stone / Menhir
7 posts
Cornabus Standing Stone / Menhir
18 posts
Cragabus Chambered Tomb
10 posts
Creagan Na Ceardaich Moire Hillfort
44 posts
Cultoon Stone Circle
6 posts
Druim Mor Standing Stone / Menhir
12 posts
Druim nam Madagan (Torradale) Chambered Tomb
16 posts
Dun An Rudha Bhuide Stone Fort / Dun
16 posts
Dun A Chail Stone Fort / Dun
10 posts
Dun Dearg Stone Fort / Dun
1 post
Dun Fhinn Stone Fort / Dun
3 posts
Dun Nosebridge Hillfort
3 posts
Eilean Mhuireill Crannog
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Eilean Na Comhairle Stone Fort / Dun
12 posts
Finlaggan Standing Stone / Menhir
12 posts
Frachdale Chambered Cairn
4 posts
Gartacharra Standing Stone / Menhir
7 posts
Glac A' Charraigh Standing Stone / Menhir
4 posts
Glasgo Beag Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
13 posts
Kilbride Standing Stone / Menhir
11 posts
Kilchiaran Cup Marked Stone
11 posts
Knocklearoch Standing Stones
5 posts
Lagavulin Standing Stone / Menhir
3 posts
Loch Ballygrant Crannog
15 posts
Port Charlotte Chambered Tomb
16 posts
Port Ellen Standing Stone / Menhir
11 posts
Sron Dubh Promontory Fort
9 posts
Sruthan Na Cille Stone Fort / Dun
4 posts
Suidh' An Eoin Mor Standing Stone / Menhir
6 posts
Tayandock Standing Stone / Menhir
8 posts
Trudernish Standing Stone / Menhir
2 posts
Trudernish Point Promontory Fort
16 posts
Uiskentuie Standing Stone / Menhir
8 posts
1 site
Upper Cragabus Cairn(s)
Sites of disputed antiquity:
6 posts
Tobar na Dabhaich Sacred Well

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Glac A' Charraigh (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited 24.08.19

Thanks to persistence and drewbhoy's pictures, I managed to find this shy and retiring recumbent stone after 15 minutes of tramping in moorland. The stone lies in a hollow guarded by reeds. As ever, I thought it should be easier than that so I have formulated an improved method to find Glac A' Charraigh.
Park in the large passing place 150 yards before the sharp corner at NR 29643 43061. Walk 200 yards NE from the gate at the corner of the field. If the stone is not visible look for a small clump of reeds concealing it. You need to be almost standing over it. The choke stone is easier to spot than the recumbent stone.
My grid reference for this site was NR 29754 43158.
Posted by markj99
24th August 2019ce
Edited 25th August 2019ce

Frachdale (Chambered Cairn) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Frachdale</b>Posted by markj99 Posted by markj99
22nd August 2019ce

Frachdale (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Visited 22.08.19

I parked at the Kintra campsite. I had to turn back at the ford to get my wellies and stick for the burn crossing. They came in handy later. Frachdale ruin was easily reached and a rough road ran up the hill to Frachdale Chambered Cairn and Coille A'chnoic Mhoir standing stone, easily spotted a quarter of a mile up on the right. As drewbhoy observed Frachdale Chambered Cairn was less accessible. I went through the gate at the top of the hill and followed my GPS South down a steep ferny slope crossing a boggy valley to the summit of the mound. The cairn itself is vegetation free, unlike its surroundings. I retraced my steps to return, avoiding further adventures.
Posted by markj99
22nd August 2019ce

Ardilistry (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Ardilistry</b>Posted by markj99 Posted by markj99
22nd August 2019ce

Clachan Ceann Ile (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Following in the stumbling footsteps of drewbhoy, I spent 20 minutes searching for Princess Yula's Stone only to bump into it as I was leaving, unsuccessful in my quest. It was at this happy point that I realised there were less than 20 yards between the two stones! To prevent future Antequarian's frustration I have devised a GPS free solution:
Take the A846 out of Port Ellen, reaching Ardbeg after Laphroaig and Lagavulin. The road narrows to a single track for a further 2 miles until you reach the scenic Loch a Chnuic bay. There is an uphill hairpin at the end of the bay. 20 yards before the apex of the hill there is space to park snugly beside a black wrought iron gate on the right.
Walk down the hill 10 yards, look right to the smaller stone nestled in the edge of the wood. The low fence is easily negotiated. To find the second stone stress free, stand on the left of the smaller stone facing the trees, walk 10 yards forward at which point you should notice a faint path to your left. Follow this path for 10 yards and you will find the Fairy Dell that hides Princess Yula's final resting place.
Posted by markj99
21st August 2019ce

Achnancarranan (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

The last site of this visit was also one of the best and also one of the saddest.

Of the four stones that once stood at Achnancurran, Canmore says three, once again one of the locals said four, local knowledge, I find, is always a good thing, only 2 stand, with 1 fallen and another lying just to the south dumped and smashed to pieces.

Stone rows seem to have been reasonably popular in this part of the world and this can easily be compared to Carragh A' Ghlinne on Jura.

The northern stone stands at 2.7m and the south stone would stand at 2.8m if it was upright. This stone needs help as it stands at a very jaunty angle, without help it will end up like the central stone. This stone would have stood at around 3m in height. A great site but in dire need of help.

Head back to Ballynaughton Chamber Cairn from An Dunan then head west, till a tractor track is found then head south. Go over a wee hill then head west again, the site will be straight in front of you situated at the end of a field.

From An Dunan we pondered about heading to Cnoc An Altair, another chamber cairn, common sense for a change won as the sun was beginning to set. A perfect setting for Achancarranan and perfect way to end, this visit, to Islay.

Visited 3/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
20th March 2019ce

An Dunan (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

An Dunan is a superbly situated fort with superb all round views, equally good was the wind direction taking the wondrous smells of the Lagavulin Distillery to our noses :-)

From the Ballynaughton Chamber Cairn head north using the rough track cut into the hill. Keep going north and head downhill, jump the small burn onto the boggy land then go north east to the easily spotted site. Fortunately the mornings heavy rain had missed this area so underfoot conditions were reasonably good, dryish.

By pure chance we found the entrance in the south west so the climb to the top was easy. Traces of wall surround the fort, its builders making good use of the natural rock face as well. The wall can be best seen to east and west sides, I disagree with Canmore as I found tumble down wall on the north side swinging east protecting the site which is 50m by 20m.

A great site!

Visited 3/8/2019.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
20th March 2019ce

Ballynaughton (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

After fair time at Druim Mor we kept heading north to head of the dyke, then headed west following a fence till it met a dyke which headed north. Follow this until it ends and keep heading north over slightly rougher ground. Look for a gap in hill in front, the chamber cairn is just to the west.

One of several Clyde type chamber cairns, hardly any of the cairn material remains, presumably why there are dry stane dykes in the area. Better than me explaining I'll let Canmore explain :

This cairn is situated 300m w of the ruins of Ballynaughton More on a relatively narrow strip of almost level rough

grazing bounded by arable Fields to the SE and by a rocky ridge to the NW. Only a little cairn material remains, now

almost completely overgrown, but as shown on the plan it appears to extend intermittently over an area measuring

about 20m from NE to sw by a maximum of 10m transversely; whatever its precise size may originally have

been, it seems likely that the cairn was trapezoidal in shape, with a breadth of not more than 16m at the broader (NE) end and a length of at least 20 m.

Entered from the NE, the roofless chamber is about 6m long and up to l-5m wide internally, and is divided by

transverse septal slabs into four compartments. Immediately N of the entrance there is a pointed stone, I m high above

ground level, which may be one of a pair of portal stones; what appears to be its fallen partner would, if erect, occupy a corresponding position at the s side of the entrance. Most of the slabs forming the chamber are massive blocks, now-

exposed up to 0-9 m above ground: during excavations carried out in 1901 ' it was found that the surviving side-slabs

of the two outermost compartments were standing to a Ileight of as much as 1 -42 m above the floor. Although at least

two side-slabs are missing, it can be seen that the chamber decreases in width towards the rear. from a maximum of

about l-5m to 0-6 m at the back of the innermost compartment. Likewise the compartments contract both in

length and height, and the innermost is evidently a less substantial structure than the others, only the tops of its

stones being at present visible at turf level. The septal stones rise almost to the same height as the side-slabs they support and the disposition of the side-slabs shows the successive overlapping (or imbrication) characteristic of chambered cairns of Clyde type.

The chamber contains a layer of debris about 0.6m deep, but when emptied in 1901 it was filled with stones and soil from which were recovered a chert flake and one tiny fragment of burnt bone; the discovery of a hoard of coins, dating from the mid-15th to mid-16th centuries AD, which lay hidden in the E corner of the third compartment, suggested to the excavator that the chamber had already been disturbed and rifled by the time the hoard was deposited. All the finds are lost.


Now I liked this site, it has atmosphere with superb views to the south, east and west. Like a lot of these places it would worth a trip back in time to see what they really looked like.

At least the chamber remains, after a good look round it was time to press on.

Visited 3/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
20th March 2019ce

Druim Mor (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

From the Lagavulin Stone keep heading east until you reach some farm huts, follow the track north over the wee hill and keep going. The huge stone set in what is now a dyke line is called Druim Mor, certainly by the locals who we spoke to. Canmore also call this stone Lagavulin.

This stone stands at a massive 3.5m in height and a dry stane dyke has been built to incorporate its ancient friend. I love these stones especially when covered lichen, this chap appeared to have had a shave at some point. Now we approached from the east side of the wall and did't notice it had a fallen friend of similar size.

However we didn't know so onwards we marched towards our next site. So far walking conditions were excellent!

Visited 3/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
20th March 2019ce

Lagavulin (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Rumours that I park only near distilleries are true as we finally parked for the final walk of this trip at the magical Lagavulin Distillery.

From here it is an easy walk following the track east until the stone becomes visible sitting on top of what looks a small cairn. It looks more like stones have been cleared from the field and dumped beside the standing stone. Over the years the gaps have filled in and it now almost appears to a small kerb cairn. Canmore also appear to be confused.

The stone stands at 1m tall having no markings. Worth a visit as it is the gateway to more prehistoric sites.

Visited 3/8/2018.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
20th March 2019ce
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