Scheduled Monument

Bernera Bridge,stone setting,Great BerneraSM5548

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone setting
Local Authority
Na h-Eileanan Siar
NB 16385 34255
116385, 934255


The monument consists of a prehistoric setting of standing stones, some of which have recently been re-erected.

The stone setting is in the form of a semi-circle, with three large (up to 2.9m high) and one small standing stones. One of the large stones has recently been re-erected. A further two small upright stones, both recently re-erected in their original sockets, lies in the interior of the semi-circle, which is approximately 20m across. The chord of the semi-circle, on its S, is formed by a steep rocky slope falling into the narrows of Loch Roag beside the bridge to Great Bernera.

The area to be scheduled is approximately semi-circular on plan and 60m in diameter, bounded on the S by Loch Roag, to include the stone setting and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as indicated in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a megalithic setting of unknown function, but presumably with links to the remainder of the Callanish complex of stone circles, alignments and settings, of which it forms one of the most westerly elements. As such, both alone and with the group, it provides opportunities for further study, by surface measurement and through excavation and analysis, directed at elucidating the ritual significance and functional arrangements of these particularly fascinating classes of monument.



RCAHMS records the monument as NB 13 SE 2.

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