MHG7775 - Cup marked stone, A Clach Phollach


A cup marked stone, recently re-discovered, which has up to twelve cup marks on its surface.

Type and Period (1)

  • CUP MARKED STONE (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH46SE 2 4876 6042.

Situated by roadside about half way up brae to Auchterneed is a Cup Marked stone ' A Chlach Phollach' (Clach Thollach or Clach Pollach (ISSFC 1898)) having on its surface about a dozen cupmarks, 2 inches or so in diameter (D Macdonald, A Polson and J Brown 1931)
W J Watson 1904; N Macrae 1923 <1>-<4>

No trace of this stone could be found.
Visited by OS (R D) 20 January 1965

Situated at NH 4876 6042 beside an old hill road is a large boulder 4m x 2m x 0.7m with its upper surface, sloping SW side and E edge covered by at least 145 cup marks. Some are sharply defined, the majority quite weathered. A number of cups may have formed 'dumb-bells' but they are too obscure for definite identification. Mr Stewart (Info from Mr Stewart, Duran, Bottacks) knows the stone as 'The Fairy Stone'; the name Clach Pollach or Thollach is not known locally, and no other cup-marked stone can be located in area.
Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (J B) 16 November 1976

John Wombell believes that he has located this stone in a beech wood below the railway line at Achterneed, at NH 4495 6015. It is described as a huge earthfast slab of schist, c.4m long x 1.5m wide, moss and lichen covered, with around 11 very worn cups on it. It may also have an incomplete ring (due to erosion) around one of the cups. <5>

In light of this discovery, a new record has been created for "The Fairy Stone" mentioned above at NH 4876 6042. See MHG52913. <6>

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Grid reference NH 49255 59715 (point) (GPS derived)
Map sheet NH45NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish FODDERTY

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