Lamlash Stone Circle

This evening, I am posting information on a prehistoric (possibly Neolithic, from around 3000 BC) stone circle near the village of Lamlash on the Isle of Arran off Scotland’s West Coast.

Outlier rock with circle in distance

There are numerous prehistoric sites on Arran led by Machrie Moor and Giants’ Graves thus indicating a sizeable and well-organized population during the Neolithic period.

This Lamlash site is situated on the A841, 1.5 miles south of Brodick and 1.5 miles NNW of Lamlash.There are parking spaces on opposite side of the road.

This ring now consists of three large and one smaller boulder of local granite but originally the ring may have extended to seven stones with diameter extending to twenty-two feet. At S.E. stands a huge fallen boulder comprised of conglomerate which stands four feet high and is located sixty-four feet to the south.

In 1861 the centre of the ring was excavated to reveal a small cist measuring two foot two inches long and ten and a half inched deep. This cist was cut into solid rock. Inside was found small fragments of bone, black earth and flints.

The surface at this site is inherently wet and usually saturated. Appropriate footwear is required when visiting.

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