Auchagallon Stone Circle

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Coordinates: 55°33′34″N 5°20′24″W / 55.559402°N 5.339887°W / 55.559402; -5.339887

Auchagallon Stone Circle
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Auchagallon Stone Circle
Auchagallon Stone Circle is located in North Ayrshire
Auchagallon Stone Circle
Auchagallon Stone Circle shown within the Isle of Arran, Scotland
Location Isle of Arran
Coordinates 55°33′34″N 5°20′24″W / 55.559402°N 5.339887°W / 55.559402; -5.339887
Type Kerbed burial cairn
History
Periods Neolithic / Bronze Age
Site notes
Ownership Historic Scotland
Public access Yes

Auchagallon Stone Circle is the remains of a Neolithic or Bronze Age burial cairn, surrounded by a circle of fifteen stones. It is located near Machrie on the Isle of Arran in Scotland (grid reference NR89293464).

Description[edit]

The cairn and stone circle is situated on a slight ledge of a west-facing slope,[1] overlooking Machrie Bay.[2] The circle comprises fifteen blocks varying in height from 0.5 metres to 2.3 metres.[1] The stones are of red sandstone, except two which are a pale grey granite.[2] The circle has a maximum diameter of 14.5 metres.[1]

In the centre is a large stone cairn.[2] Antiquarians digging here in the 19th century found a burial cist in the centre, although there are no records of any other remains.[2] Although the monument is now called a stone circle, it was probably built as a kerbed cairn.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c RCAHMS. "Arran, Auchengallon (39228)". Canmore. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Auchagallon Stone Circle, Historic Scotland, accessed 1 May 2014

External links[edit]

Media related to Cairn Auchagallon at Wikimedia Commons