Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Cross Incised Stone, Meall Doire

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 56.8914 / 56°53'29"N

Longitude: -4.8079 / 4°48'28"W

OS Eastings: 229053

OS Northings: 781296

OS Grid: NN290812

Mapcode National: GBR GBHH.QH8

Mapcode Global: WH2GV.31TS

Entry Name: Cross Incised Stone, Meall Doire

Scheduled Date: 13 December 2000

Last Amended: 31 May 2022

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9579

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: cross-incised stone

Location: Kilmonivaig

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of an angular boulder on which is a crudely incised cross. The boulder is traditionally said to be a Mass stone dating from the period when people of the Roman Catholic faith were subject to legal restrictions (1560-1829). It is believed to have been used as an altar in large open-air services. It is situated near the summit of Meall Doire overlooking Glen Roy to the south.  

The scheduled area is circular, measuring 10m in diameter and centred on the boulder. It includes the visible remains and an area around, in which associated evidence may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a rare material reminder of the Penal era of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. It demonstrates the survival, and the struggle for survival, of the Roman Catholic faith after the Reformation in certain parts of Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NN 28 SE 13.


Historic Catholic Sites in the Highlands and the North East of Scotland ' Leaflet compiled for the Scottish Catholic Heritage Commission.

MacDonald, A. and MacFarlane, R. (1995) Cille Choirill. Roy Bridge.


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.