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Carlin Stone, or Cairn Riv, stone circle, Backhill of Drachlaw

A Scheduled Monument in Turriff and District, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.5083 / 57°30'29"N

Longitude: -2.545 / 2°32'42"W

OS Eastings: 367440

OS Northings: 846588

OS Grid: NJ674465

Mapcode National: GBR N82W.8SV

Mapcode Global: WH8MM.WJ7X

Entry Name: Carlin Stone, or Cairn Riv, stone circle, Backhill of Drachlaw

Scheduled Date: 16 June 1927

Last Amended: 9 November 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM336

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Inverkeithny

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Turriff and District

Traditional County: Banffshire


The monument comprises the remains of a stone circle approximately 400m northwest of Backhill of Drachlaw Farm. The monument was scheduled in 1927 and again in 1976, but the original scheduling inadequately defined the area. The monument is being rescheduled to clarify the extent of the protected area.

The monument consists of a massive irregular boulder approximately 3m long and 2.75m high with striking bands of quartz running around. At either end lie two smaller stones that may be flankers to the recumbent.

The area to be scheduled is subcircular, measuring a maximum of about 41m across, to include the remains of the stone circle and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the attached map extract. The scheduled area is bounded to the NE by a field boundary, which is excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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