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Tursachan, Barraglom, Beàrnaraigh / Standing Stones, Barraglom, Great Bernera

A Scheduled Monument in Sgir'Uige agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.2056 / 58°12'20"N

Longitude: -6.8292 / 6°49'44"W

OS Eastings: 116430

OS Northings: 934256

OS Grid: NB164342

Mapcode National: GBR 97J1.8RP

Mapcode Global: WGX1T.209V

Entry Name: Tursachan, Barraglom, Beàrnaraigh / Standing Stones, Barraglom, Great Bernera

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1993

Last Amended: 18 July 2023

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5548

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone setting

Location: Uig

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Sgir'Uige agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument comprises a setting of standing stones dating from the Bronze Age (2500 BC – 800 BC). The monument is located to the west of the Bernera Bridge, Great Bernera.

The stone setting  consists of five standing stones arranged in a rough L-shape. The southwest stone measures approximately 2.1m in height, the northern stone 2.8m, the north-northeast stone  0.5m and southern stone 1.2m. The north-northeast and southern stones have both been re-erected. In prehistory a gully was infilled to create a level cobbled area enclosed by the upright stones with a retaining wall to the south. Archaeological deposits from the site have been dated to approximately 1800BC with finds including pottery, worked quartz, a polished stone axe head and an arrowhead.

The scheduled area is a clipped circle. It includes the remains described above and an area around within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map. The above ground elements of all current post and wire fencing are specifically excluded from the scheduled area to allow for their maintenance. 

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a megalithic setting of unknown function, but presumably with links to the remainder of the Callanish complex of stone circles, alignments and settings, of which it forms one of the most westerly elements. As such, both alone and with the group, it provides opportunities for further study, by surface measurement and through excavation and analysis, directed at elucidating the ritual significance and functional arrangements of these particularly fascinating classes of monument.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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