Greenland Stone Circle, Perthshire, Scotland.

This evening, I am focusing on a particular prehistoric stone circle in Scotland, which is known as Greenland or auchlaicha by locals.

Greenland is located on a high elevation (1240 feet or 378 metres) on the eastern side of Loch Tay between Kenmore and Acharn. Access entails a 2.25 mile walk along track and hillside with the visitor rewarded with fine views of Loch Tay and mountains which include Ben Lawers (3984 ft.).

Key facts and information:

  • Originally comprised nine stones in a circle 27ft 9 inches (8.5m)¬†in diameter.
  • Today, the circle is reduced to four standing stones and two recumbent.
  • Stones are graded in height from north to south.
  • In 1924 the site was excavated. At the centre was found a shallow deposit of dark earth intermixed with a white limy substance consisting of calcined bones and charcoal. Around the centre, the soil was red where a probable pyre had burned.
  • The site could date from around 3000 BC as does Croft Moraig stone circle which is few miles away, between Kenmore and Aberfeldy. If correct, the circles date from the late Neolithic period.

Greenland Stone Circle, Perthshire, Scotland.

Video clip of stone circle and landscape.

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