Auchagallon Stone Circle

Isle of Arran, United Kingdom

Auchagallon Stone Circle is the remains of a Neolithic or Bronze Age burial cairn, surrounded by a circle of fifteen stones. The cairn and stone circle is situated on a slight ledge of a west-facing slope, overlooking Machrie Bay. The circle comprises fifteen blocks varying in height from 0.5 metres to 2.3 metres. The stones are of red sandstone, except two which are a pale grey granite. The circle has a maximum diameter of 14.5 metres.

In the centre is a large stone cairn. Antiquarians digging here in the 19th century found a burial cist in the centre, although there are no records of any other remains. Although the monument is now called a stone circle, it was probably built as a kerbed cairn.

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Founded: 2000 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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Drew Kirkland (2 years ago)
Heart of the island, interesting groups of stones. Nice walk. Should the first place you visit when you go to arran to announce your arrival
Rasa Akstinaite (2 years ago)
Nice walk up to the stones. There are three that were part of a circle with some other stones showing the outline of the circle, there's also one a little away from them. A couple of other stone circles along the way as well.
Sandy McComish (2 years ago)
Nice walk to stones. .. Though wish I had done more background reading even though we found the information provided accessible and easy to read. Weather was excellent too.
Steve Thomas (2 years ago)
There's not much to the stones, which are spread over a wide area, and the main ring having lost most of its stones to "recycling". And it's a bit of a walk to get there along a path covered in sheep poo. So probably one just for the dedicated stone circle buff. But the scenery is great.
Ian Dicken (2 years ago)
Amazing stones in an unspoilt setting. Five stone circles (some large than others) in close proximity with some outlying stones. Would be good to see slightly more interpretation boards, but not so it impacted on the stones! About a mile's walk from the car park at the road.
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