Scheduled Monument

Achinduich, stone circle 950m NNE ofSM1761

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Supplementary Information Updated
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring
Local Authority
Creich (Highland)
NC 58467 843
258467, 900843


The monument comprises the remains of a double stone circle of which only the western arcs survive. The monument was scheduled on 19 March 1935 but was incorrectly mapped: the current rescheduling rectifies this.

The outer ring now consists of five stones approximately 1m high, and would have measured about 9m in diameter when complete. The inner circle would have measured about 5.5m in diameter but only three stones survive, with the tallest standing to approximately 0.8m. The most northerly of the inner stones is set with its broad face towards the centre of the circle.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 30m in diameter, centred on the presumed centre of the complete stone circle, to include the remains described above and an area around in which evidence relating to their erection and use may survive. This area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a rare double stone circle which has the potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric ritual practices. Its importance is further enhanced by forming part of a major complex of prehistoric remains in Achany Glen.



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NC 50 SE 14.

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