Standing Stones – Isle of Lismore, Scotland

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While we were on the Isle of Lismore on holiday in May 2016, I found these standing stones at the side of the minor road to Achinduin and Achadun Castle.  I have tried to find some information about them, but they are not mark on a map and it is possible that they are just some kind of rocks used as boundary markers.  They are not small, ranging about 1.5 to 2 metres in height.  I just found their shapes really interesting and it was just strange to come across them all of a sudden by the road edge.  Any ideas are welcome 🙂

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16 Replies to “Standing Stones – Isle of Lismore, Scotland”

  1. Being along the fence, your idea of property markers sounds reasonable. They are interesting rocks! 🙂

      1. Good chance it’s even older! Although it’s really rough, not worn smooth. But that would be affected by the hardness of the rock. If it’s very hard it would take a very long time wear down. Ages and ages! 🙂

      2. I’d go nuts with all that rock! I really love it. Most of what we have here in northern Illinois is gravel left behind when the glaciers melted. Although you can find some interesting stones in a gravel pile, It takes some hunting. 🙂

    1. Its really strange that they are just along the road, there must be a reason, they are big stones…..but then there are some odd shape stones around that area 🙂

      1. Yes – one of them (the tallest) certainly doesn’t look naturally placed! It might be worth sending the pics to the RCAHMS. They’re not on their database, as far as I could see.

      2. I’m just wondering if there are anymore, I wasn’t really looking for standing stones and also wasn’t quite with it. We are going back next year so I will have another look and if you get there before me you can look 🙂 Jo I hate to say it but what is RCAHMS 🙂

      3. Oh, sorry Lynne! It is the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland. They have a database of sites called ‘Canmore’ and it is searchable, with interactive maps. https://canmore.org.uk/ If you go to ‘Contact’ at the bottom and then ‘General Enquiry Form’, you could send an enquiry about the stones and attach a pic if you like. I have done this myself with things I’ve found, and they have been helpful, although you may have to wait a while for a reply. Worth a try! 🙂

      4. Thanks Jo, I will have a look, it sounds really interesting….problem is I have come late to the stones, but better late than never 🙂

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