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Torran,cup-marked rock 290m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Argyll, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.1868 / 56°11'12"N

Longitude: -5.4187 / 5°25'7"W

OS Eastings: 187950

OS Northings: 704614

OS Grid: NM879046

Mapcode National: GBR FD0C.6QZ

Mapcode Global: WH0HK.QRVH

Entry Name: Torran,cup-marked rock 290m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5636

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cupmarks or cup-and-ring marks and similar rock art

Location: Kilmartin

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Mid Argyll

Traditional County: Argyllshire


This example of a cup-marked rock is situated on a rock outcrop in the corner of a field to the SSE of Torran farmsteading.

At the time of visit at least three cup-and-ring markings and a number of single cup-marks were visible, although previous accounts have noted up to four cups with single rings (one of which has a gutter, one cup with an eccentric ring and two plain cup-marks). The outcrop was last fully exposed in 1979 and the cupmarks may be more extensive than they now appear.

The area to be scheduled is trapezoidal on plan and measures 25m from NE to SW by 15m transversely, to include the cup-marks and an area around in which associated remains may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is one of a number of similar and related monuments which are clustered at the S end of Loch Awe and which have the potential to provide information about late Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 80 SE 55.


RCAHMS 1988, Inventory for Mid Argyll and Cowal, No. 190.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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