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Ardilistry,stone setting 200m north east of

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

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Latitude: 55.6687 / 55°40'7"N

Longitude: -6.0684 / 6°4'6"W

OS Eastings: 144268

OS Northings: 649199

OS Grid: NR442491

Mapcode National: GBR CFDQ.P6C

Mapcode Global: WGZJM.RSH4

Entry Name: Ardilistry,stone setting 200m NE of

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5648

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Kildalton

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument conprises a setting of four closely-spaced stones, probably Early Bronze Age in date, which stands on poorly drained level ground 200m NE of Ardilistry.

Each stone measures about 0.5m by 0.2m at the base and all have suffered considerable damage; only the N stone, a truncated pyramid 0.4m high, appears to survive to anything approaching its original height. The E, S and W stones are no more than stumps, 0.3m, 0.6m and 0.2m high respectively.

The area to be scheduled measures 50m in diameter to include the four-poster and an area around in which evidence associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because stone settings are rare in the W of Scotland (the main concentration being in the E, particularly Perthshire) and this four-poster is the only example of its type so far identified in Argyll. This monument, which is also smaller than the average example of its type, has the potential to provide information about Early Bronze Age ritual practice.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NR 44 NW 27.


RCAHMS 1984, Inventory for Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Oronsay, No. 76.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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