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North Bilbster, standing stone 120m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.4666 / 58°27'59"N

Longitude: -3.2308 / 3°13'50"W

OS Eastings: 328296

OS Northings: 953812

OS Grid: ND282538

Mapcode National: GBR L6DB.SVV

Mapcode Global: WH6DD.BGR7

Entry Name: North Bilbster, standing stone 120m W of

Scheduled Date: 23 January 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8484

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Wick

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument comprises a standing stone, a ritual monument dating from the Neolithic or Bronze Age period (c. 3000-1500BC)

The stone is situated on the edge of a terrace, overlooking the floodplain of the Wick River to the S. It is a massive granitic stone, approximately 2.5m high by up to 2m thick, tapering to a blunt point at the top. Erosion by livestock has revealed the presence of packing stones around the base.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 20m in diameter centred on the stone, to include the stone and an area around it where remains relating to its erection and use may be expected to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as ND 25 SE 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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