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Beinn Ruilibreac, standing stones and enclosure 360m ESE of, Vatersay

A Scheduled Monument in Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 56.9134 / 56°54'48"N

Longitude: -7.5433 / 7°32'35"W

OS Eastings: 62775

OS Northings: 793919

OS Grid: NL627939

Mapcode National: GBR 7BRF.ZNF

Mapcode Global: WGV5D.3H6G

Entry Name: Beinn Ruilibreac, standing stones and enclosure 360m ESE of, Vatersay

Scheduled Date: 12 November 1991

Last Amended: 9 March 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5204

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone; Secular: enclosure

Location: Barra

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises a standing stone and associated enclosure that are to be found in rough and rocky ground to the SE of Ben Rulibreck on Vatersay. The monument was first scheduled in 1991 but an inadequate area was scheduled: the present scheduling rectifies this.

The standing stone forms one side of the entrance to a stone enclosure (a smaller stone marks the opposite side). It is unclear whether or not the enclosure has reused an earlier prehistoric stone, or if, in fact, the whole is more recent in date. The enclosure, which measures about 30m SW-NSE by 20m transversely, incorporates, on it SW side, a small structure.

The siting of the stone, if prehistoric, may be particularly significant. It lies within a natural passage through the hills at the S end of Vatersay: the island of Sandray is framed to the S, the summit of Ben Tangaval to the N.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular on plan and measures 50m SW-NE by 30m transversely, to include the stone, enclosure, and an area around in which associated remains may survive, as marked on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is an unusual site, apparently a prehistoric stone (possibly two) later incorporated into an agricultural enclosure. As a standing stone, the landscape setting of the large stone would appear to have been carefully chosen to reflect significant local topographical features. The site has not been excavated and retains high archaeological potential to provide information about early prehistoric ritual and later agricultural activity in the Western Isles, and how this compares with elsewhere in Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NL 69 SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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