Scheduled Monument

Lorg an Fhamhair,footprint carvingSM5299

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Crosses and carved stones: inscribed stone
Local Authority
ND 5817 59292
305817, 959292


This monument consists of an incised footprint on the W end of a rock on a hill called Lorg an Fhamhair. Towards to N end of an exposed rock the impression of a human left foot has been hollowed out of the rock. It is 0.3m long, 0.15m in breadth across the sole and 0.13m across the heal. The depth of the impression is about 4cm. The area to be scheduled measures 20m in diameter, to include the incised foot and an area around, as shown in red on the attached map.

Statement of National Importance

This monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of early medieval kingship. Such stones are well-authenticated in Ireland and Western Scotland down to the sixteenth century. Kings are said to have placed their feet in these impressions when being crowned or while holding court.



RCAHMS records the monument as ND 05 NE 11.

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