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Cnoc Fada standing stones, Dervaig, Mull

A Scheduled Monument in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.5901 / 56°35'24"N

Longitude: -6.1729 / 6°10'22"W

OS Eastings: 143904

OS Northings: 752041

OS Grid: NM439520

Mapcode National: GBR CC49.H8T

Mapcode Global: WGZD4.4MS8

Entry Name: Cnoc Fada standing stones, Dervaig, Mull

Scheduled Date: 18 February 1986

Last Amended: 29 October 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4364

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Kilninian and Kilmore

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises Cnoc Fada standing stones (sometimes known as the Kilmore or Dervaig B standing stones), which dates to the Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age (roughly around 2000 BC) and forms part of a ritual prehistoric landscape. The monument lies on the SE side of Cnoc Fada hill at about 120m OD, some 800m E of the small village of Dervaig. It consists of an alignment of five monoliths aligned NNW/SSE.

Starting at the NNW, the first stone is prostate and measures 2.4m long, 0.75m wide and is 0.5m thick. The second stone from the NNW stands 2.5m high, with straight sides and a sloping top, and measures 0.8m x 0.55m at its base. The third stone is prone and measures 2.4m long x 0.9m wide. The fourth stone is a rectangular block standing to a height of 2.4m and measuring 1m x 0.7m at its base. The fifth stone, at the SSE end of the alignment, lies partly embedded in the turf and measures 2.4m long, 1.75m wide and 0.6m in thickness. The overall length of the stone alignment is around 18.3m, although the distance between the stones varies.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well-preserved example of a prehistoric ritual monument, with high archaeological potential to elucidate contemporary ritual practices and social organisation. Its significance is increased because, as part of a ritual prehistoric landscape, it is closely associated with several similar monuments nearby which may be broadly contemporary, allowing for comparative study.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NM 45 SW 4.


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RCAHMS 1980, Argyll: An Inventory of the Monuments. Vol 3: Mull, Tiree, Coll and Northern Argyll (excluding the early medieval and later monuments of Iona), Edinburgh, No. 101 (2), 66-67.

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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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