Scheduled Monument

Finlaggan,standing stones 190m E of and standing stone 80m WSW ofSM5788

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Killarow And Kilmeny
NR 39575 68534
139575, 668534


The monument consists of two elements. A single standing stone situated in the NW corner of a field of improved pasture 80m WSW of Finlaggan farmsteading, and two recumbent stones on a slight ridge in a largely improved field 190m to the E of the farm.

The single stone is 2m high and 1.4m by 0.7m at the base; it is aligned with its long axis NW-SE. Martin, who visited Islay about 1695, mentions the existence of two standing stones, but gives no indication of their position. He may have been referring to the other two stones, now recumbent. These two stone blocks each measure 1.8m by 1m by 0.5m.

The areas to be scheduled measure 20m in diameter (centred on NR39276856) and 30m from NW to SE by 20m transversely (centred on NR39576853) to include the stones and an area around in which evidence associated with their construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accomapnying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because it represents a group of standing stones, probably erected in the Bronze Age, which have the potential to provide information about prehistoric ritual and burial practice.



RCAHMS records the monument as NR 36 NE 3 and 22.

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