MHG2650 - Cup-marked stone, (Urchany 1) - Coulnabottach, Urchany


Cup-marked stone, Coulnabottach, Urchany

Type and Period (1)

  • CUP MARKED STONE (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A well known cup-marked boulder, 6 1/2 by 6 by 3 feet, of hard dark grey mica-schist, stands earthfast about 6 yards from the door of the ruined gamekeeper's house of Urchany. The surface bears over 40 cup-marks, some of which have been tampered with. Two of the cups are connected.
W Jolly 1882

As described above, this cup-marked boulder was located at NH 4479 4576. Approx. 40 cup-marks were seen; only about half this number were prominent, the remainder may have been caused by weathering and appeared as slight indentations on the surface of the boulder.
Visited by OS (R B) 7 July 1965

The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NoSAS) undertook an archaeological survey of Urchany in 2015.

Site V108; A cup-marked stone (Urchany 1 in Scotland’s Rock Art Project database). Four metres in front of the wall between the middle and eastern compartments of the building (see MHG62155) stands a prominent boulder into which a number of artificial cups have been created. William Jolly, a well-known local antiquarian, recorded and drew a cup-marked stone at Urchany in an article in the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1882. The stone was recognised during the NOSAS 2015 survey, but recorded in more detail in 2018 as part of Scotland’s Rock Art Project. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2009 aerial photographs. <2>

Note: Further information on Scotland’s Rock Art Project will be available on its completion. (T.Blackie 29/12/20)

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Grid reference Centred NH 4479 4576 (4m by 4m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH44NW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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