Croft Moraig Stone Circle, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on one of the more important prehistoric stone circles on mainland Scotland. Croft Moraig  ( ‘Mary’s Farm’) lies 4 miles W.S.W. of Aberfeldy and 2 miles N.E. of Kenmore in central Scotland. This position is N.E of Loch Tay on low ground below steep mountainsides. The stones are made from local schist.  According to archaeological reports, the history of the site is as follows:

  • First phase dates from Late Neolithic, about 3000 BC and consisted of heavy timber posts.
  • Later, the posts were replaced by eight stones graded in height and in a horseshoe shape.
  • A kerbed rubble bank with 60ft diameter enclosed the stones.On the bank a decorated stone slab was placed in line with the southern moonset.
    • A circle of about 40 ft in diameter, comprising 12 large stones about 5ft 6″ in height was erected outside the horseshoe.To the ESE and about 18ft outside the ring two stones, 8ft 6″ apart formed an entrance. The northern stone stood close to the equinoctial sunrise.
  • Finally, graves may have been dug outside the stones.

The construction, design and alignments of this circle are consistent with recumbent stone circles of N.E.Scotland.

Video clip of Croft Moraig

Croft Moraig Stone Circle, Kenmore, Scotland

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