MHG4041 - Cup-marked stone, Gaodal, Rhu


Cup-marked stone at Gaodal in Rhu.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

One of the finest examples of cup-marked stones in the west of Scotland lies at a place called Gaoidal, near Arisaig House, on the bare summit of a ridge between the arm of the sea on the south called Loch-nan-Uagh, and an open valley to the north.
It is a prostrate flat slab of micha-schist measuring 5 x 4 x 1 1/2ft thick. It was found and sketched in 1881 by Jolly, and bore 82 cups, mostly averaging 2-3 inches in diameter, but some as much as 6".
W Jolly 1882.

NM 6686 8446. This cup-marked stone is as described by Jolly.
Surveyed at 1/10,000
Visited by OS (NKB) 19 May 1970

Gaoth Dail was surveyed in 2012 by Rough Bounds Archaeology et al and descends from 50 m above sea level to the shore for c.350m north to south and a maximum of 150 m east to west. It is surrounded by an extant dry stonewall with several substantial roofless buildings.

Site 2a; Cup marked stone <1>

Note; Site not visible on aerial photographs so location approximate. (T. Blackie 8/2/19)

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Grid reference Centred NM 6686 8446 (10m by 10m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NM68SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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