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Torchoillean,standing stone and cairn 850m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.4122 / 55°24'44"N

Longitude: -5.7087 / 5°42'31"W

OS Eastings: 165345

OS Northings: 619403

OS Grid: NR653194

Mapcode National: IRL XD.BJCR

Mapcode Global: GBR DG8D.RX4

Entry Name: Torchoillean,standing stone and cairn 850m NW of

Scheduled Date: 2 October 1936

Last Amended: 1 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM206

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Campbeltown

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: South Kintyre

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of a standing stone, and immediately to its east a cairn surrounded by a bank on the circumference of an oval measuring 12m by up to 11m, which is in turn surrounded by a low bank or scarp on an oval measuring 36m x 40m. A gap in the latter to the SE may be an original entrance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is comparable to several other low complex cairns in Scotland. Such cairns may allow a link with the Early Bronze Age of England and other parts of Scotland. They are nationally important as a prevalent distinctive group with a rich associated funerary assemblage. The standing stone may possibly be the last upstanding remains of a stone ring. Whether originally single or originally part of a ring of stones the importance of the site is enhanced by the co-occurrence of both ritual and funerary elements on the one site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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