The Longstone is a megalithic monument near the village of Mottistone, close to the south west coast of the Isle of Wight. It is the only megalithic monument on the Island.

The Longstone consists of two pieces of local greensand sandstone probably from a vein 100 metres away. The larger stands at 3.9 metres and the smaller lies at its foot. They are on the edge of a wood in small fenced enclosure just off Strawberry Lane, near Mottistone. The name Mottistone (the Speaker's or pleader's stone) almost certainly derives from the Longstone. The stones and the surrounding land are in the care of the National Trust and are open to the public.

Until the mid nineteenth century the smaller stone was further south but in 1856 a local landowner, Lord Dillon, had it turned over to discover if it had a mortise hole (it did not). Its present position has led to fanciful tales of its being a sacrificial altar stone and so, in common with many other megalithic monuments, modern pagan meetings and rituals are associated with it.



Your name


Founded: 4000 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom


4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Richard Olive (9 months ago)
To be honest it us just another standing stone, but it is part of Mottistone Gardens which a wortha visit. The 'history ' of the stone is interesting
Lia Batson (10 months ago)
Spent a lot of time here last year and went back for a stroll last month. It's amazing to appreciate the views and gather your thoughts. Sunny weather advised! ?
Alan Amesbury (2 years ago)
This stone is reached from NT Mottistone Gardens and the climb can be confusing depending on the route you take, from the house or car park. Many paths and that are not well marked but worth it in the end. Warning if using Google map, there is a perfectly good road from the Military road A3055 to the house and car park but Google map will take you down miles of single track roads with no pull overs so be warned.
Simon Porter (3 years ago)
It's a stone, in the middle of a slightly windy hillside, there is no information about it and if it wasn't marked on the map you wouldn't know what it was - apart from a slightly unusual stone in the middle of nowhere. Some people we met on the way up to the stone said you should walk around it and make a wish - so we did... we'll wait and see what happens :-)
GJ Stevens (3 years ago)
Beautiful place, very lovely relaxing walk. Gets a little narrow and steep in places so would advise suitable footwear. Great views over the top make for some great photo opportunities.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Kakesbeck Castle

Kakesbeck is one of the largest medieval fortifications in Münsterland and the oldest castle in Lüdinghausen. The imposingly grown complex originated in 1120 as a motte, a small hilltop tower castle. After numerous changes of ownership, the castle was extended onto two islands, but it was not until the 14th century that it underwent significant alterations and extensions under the von Oer family. The estate experienced its heyday in the middle of the 18th century, when it covered an area of almost one square kilometre and consisted of five further outer castles in addition to the core castle, which were secured by ramparts and moats.

The well-maintained condition of the castle today is thanks to the late Wilfried Grewing, the former lord of the castle. The foundation named after him has been particularly committed to preserving the property since 2020.