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Clach an Tursa, standing stones and enclosure, Lewis

A Scheduled Monument in Sgir'Uige agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.286 / 58°17'9"N

Longitude: -6.772 / 6°46'19"W

OS Eastings: 120419

OS Northings: 942954

OS Grid: NB204429

Mapcode National: GBR 96NT.QYD

Mapcode Global: WGX17.YZDS

Entry Name: Clach an Tursa, standing stones and enclosure, Lewis

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1939

Last Amended: 27 January 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1662

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Uig

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Sgir'Uige agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument comprises three large stones, one standing and the other two prostrate (one broken), and an area around them in which related remains may survive. The monument is already scheduled, but this rescheduling rectifies inaccuracies in the 1999 map.

The upright stone is about 2.2m high and 1m across. One metre to the NE is a 3.6m-long stone which appears to have formerly stood erect, as may also another recumbent, broken stone totalling 4.5m in length lying 3.5m to the W of the upright one. To the S are foundations of a rectangular structure of later date, measuring some 7m by 9m.

The area to be scheduled measures about 25m NE-SW by 12m on the map, to include the upright and two fallen stones, the later enclosure and an area around and between them in which evidence relating to their erection and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The above ground remains of modern fencelines are not included in the scheduling, to allow for their maintenance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a site of prehistoric ritual significance which has the potential to provide information about prehistoric ritual activity and also about contemporary environmental conditions.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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