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Fingal's Limpet Hammers,standing stones,Lower Kilchattan, Colonsay

A Scheduled Monument in Kintyre and the Islands, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.0751 / 56°4'30"N

Longitude: -6.2327 / 6°13'57"W

OS Eastings: 136711

OS Northings: 694997

OS Grid: NR367949

Mapcode National: GBR BDZN.KY6

Mapcode Global: WGYFH.7KBM

Entry Name: Fingal's Limpet Hammers,standing stones,Lower Kilchattan, Colonsay

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5220

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Colonsay and Oronsay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


A pair of standing stones, 14m apart, situated on the W edge of an arable field 70m NE of Lower Kilchattan farmhouse. The northern one is 2.6m high and 1.5m in girth at the base; the southern one, 3.1m and 1.5m respectively. A small cairn of field stones lies around each stone.

The scheduled area includes both standing stones and a rectangle of ground surrounding them measuring 21m (NW-SE) by 6m (SW-NE), extending on the SW up to but excluding the field fence and extending 3m from the standing stones on the NW and SE respectively, as shown in red on the accompanying plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monuments are of national importance because of their potential for shedding light on ritual and funerary practices in the Bronze Age (c. 2500-600 BC). It is likely that these 2 stones are the remnants of a more extensive group, the character of which could be further elucidated by excavation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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