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Fortingall Church, two stone circles and one stone row, 300m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Highland, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5977 / 56°35'51"N

Longitude: -4.0451 / 4°2'42"W

OS Eastings: 274533

OS Northings: 746955

OS Grid: NN745469

Mapcode National: GBR JCC8.ZSK

Mapcode Global: WH4LT.TFYH

Entry Name: Fortingall Church, two stone circles and one stone row, 300m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 14 June 1929

Last Amended: 14 February 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1547

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Fortingall

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a group of two stone circles and one stone row, of prehistoric date, visible as a series of upstanding and prostrate stones. The monument lies in a grass field about 300m ESE of Fortingall Church, at around 120m OD.

The W group comprises three standing stones, the SW of which is marginally the tallest. The stones are all apparently blue whinstone.

The NE group comprises four stones, of which those on the N and E are still standing (c.0.8m and 1m high respectively). The S block (the largest) is lying prone. The fourth block is somewhat smaller and lies between the S and E stones.

These two groups appear to represent the remains of two so-called four-posters (that is, four stones set at the corner of a small rectangular area, often containing a cremation burial). The occurrence of two four-posters side by side is exceptionally rare.

The three standing stones of the SE group are in a row and represent a different type of monument.

Stone settings of this type are characteristic of the Neolithic or Early Bronze Age period.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is sub-triangular in shape with each apex set at a distance of 10m from the outermost stones, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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