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Sornach a'Phobuill,stone circle

A Scheduled Monument in Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.5459 / 57°32'45"N

Longitude: -7.3029 / 7°18'10"W

OS Eastings: 82871

OS Northings: 863047

OS Grid: NF828630

Mapcode National: GBR 88CS.7SF

Mapcode Global: WGW3J.SLLK

Entry Name: Sornach a'Phobuill,stone circle

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5245

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: North Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of circle of small standing stones on a gently sloping hillside above Loch a'Phobuill. The circle is of relatively large diameter, and slightly flattened in plan, being 42m NW-SE by 37m NE-SW. It is formed of small uprights, only two of which exceed 1m in height, although peat cover may conceal a greater height for some of the stones. Fourteen stones stand upright, and a further three can be detected, probably fallen, in the peat.

Originally, if the spacing was approximately even, 45 to 50 stones would have been required for the circle. A very slight bank runs round the perimeter, with the stones set on or near it. The area to be scheduled is a large circle, 160m in diameter and centred on the centre of the circle, to include the stones, perimeter bank, interior of the circle and an area of land outside, within which evidence relating to the construction and use of the monument may survive. The area is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a rare survival of its type in the S part of the Western Isles, and also as one of two circles which form members of a large local group of cairns, stone circles and standing stones. This grouping offers an opportunity to study the associations of different forms of Neolithic ritual monument. The peat cover around the stone circle suggests that more stones and stone-sockets may remain to be discovered.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NF 86 SW 28.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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