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Balhomie, cup-marked stone 95m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathmore, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5116 / 56°30'41"N

Longitude: -3.386 / 3°23'9"W

OS Eastings: 314803

OS Northings: 736361

OS Grid: NO148363

Mapcode National: GBR V7.RPBP

Mapcode Global: WH6PS.YLSJ

Entry Name: Balhomie, cup-marked stone 95m N of

Scheduled Date: 12 February 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7326

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cupmarks or cup-and-ring marks and similar rock art

Location: Cargill

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathmore

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a cup-marked stone of prehistoric date. The monument lies on the S lip of a steep-sided burn at around 65m OD. It consists of a large recumbent boulder, measuring about 3m in length, which has a cluster of 22 cup-marks on its upper surface.

The cups measure up to 50mm in diameter, and one of them is oval. Cup-marks are decorative circular depressions carved into standing stones, outcrops of bedrock and boulders, and are sometimes found arranged in patterns with other motifs. They date to the Neolithic period, around 4500 years ago.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 10m, as marked 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. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 13 NW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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