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Machrie Farm,stone setting 1450m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.5647 / 55°33'52"N

Longitude: -5.3185 / 5°19'6"W

OS Eastings: 190846

OS Northings: 635109

OS Grid: NR908351

Mapcode National: GBR FG70.BLY

Mapcode Global: WH1MV.8DMD

Entry Name: Machrie Farm,stone setting 1450m NE of

Scheduled Date: 30 March 1987

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4427

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone setting

Location: Kilmory

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ardrossan and Arran

Traditional County: Buteshire


The monument is a setting of four standing stones of the type known as a 'four-poster', dating to the late Neolithic/early Bronze Age. It lies on the end of a low curvilinear SW facing ridge. The stones are between 0.3m and 0.6m high. From centre to centre, they are almost exactly 2.5m equidistant; the diagonals measure 3.4m and 3.8m. It is likely that the remains of burials or other ceremonial activities survive in the area around the stones. For this reason a circular area 30m in diameter centred on the 4 stones is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well preserved example of a rare type. It is of national importance to the theme of late Neolithic/early Bronze Age ceremonial activity. It is of particular interest because of its close proximity to and likely relationship with the important ceremonial complex on Machrie Moor 2.8km to the south.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NR 93 NW 1.


Burl A 1976, Stone Circles of the British Isles.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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