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Lochorodale, cup-marked rock 1100m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.3824 / 55°22'56"N

Longitude: -5.7002 / 5°42'0"W

OS Eastings: 165707

OS Northings: 616053

OS Grid: NR657160

Mapcode National: IRL XD.DYMS

Mapcode Global: GBR DG9H.3T0

Entry Name: Lochorodale, cup-marked rock 1100m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 12 May 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7147

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cupmarks or cup-and-ring marks and similar rock art

Location: Campbeltown

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: South Kintyre

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a boulder 1.7m by 1.1m by 0.5m high, which is sited immediately to the E of a track through a forestry plantation, and 250m to the SW of a scheduled long cairn.

On the upper surface of the boulder are the remains of at least fourteen cupmarks, which measure up to 60mm to 70mm across and up to 20mm deep. Cup markings are generally thought to have been carved in the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.

The area to be scheduled is circular and measures 20m in diameter, to include the boulder and an area around it in which associated remains may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric ceremonial and ritual activities. Cup-marked stones are of great individual importance due to the composition and variety of the carvings on each stone. The monument also forms part of a group of prehistoric ritual and funerary monuments including two scheduled long cairns, one 250m to the NE, on the opposite side of the valley, and the other 1000m to the SSE.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NR 61 NE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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