Saints and Stones: Ballymeanoch

Ballymeanoch is a complex of neolithic structures located in the Kilmartin Glen. It includes an avenue of two rows of standing stones with four and two stones each, which are estimated to be 4,000 years old. The tallest stone is 12 feet in height. The two middle stones of the four stone line are carved with cup and ring marks.

A third stone with a hole pierced through it once also stood here. It now lies by the nearby kerb cairn. This stone once stood northwest of the Ballymeanoch stone rows. It broke and fell sometime around 1880 and lay in place until 1977 when it was excavated and moved. Also in the complex are a burial cairn and a henge, which is almost totally ploughed over. Close-by are the Dunchraigaig Cairn and the cup-and-ring marks at Baluachraig.

About Ballymeanoch

Ancient Scotland: Ballymeanoch Stone Rows
Ancient Scotland: Ballymeanoch Cairn
Ancient Scotland: Ballymeanoch Henge
Ancient Scotland: Ballymeanoch Holed Stone
Megalithic Portal: Ballymeanoch
Wikipedia: Ballymeanoch
Wikipedia: Kilmartin Glen
Undiscovered Scotland: KIlmartin Glen
Wikipedia: Stone Row
Wikipedia: Cairn
Wikipedia: Henge

Journey to Ballymeanoch

The Ballymeanoch Stones, Cairn, and Henge are located off the A816 south of the town of Kilmartin in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Park in the lot for Dunchraigaig and cross the road. The Ballymeanoch Stones are located a few hundred yards from the Dunchraigaig Cairn.

Ordnance Survey Map (NR833964)

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found at the Kilmartin House Museum website. General tourist information for the mid-Argyll area may be found on the Visit Scottish Heartlands website.

Additional Photos of Ballymeanoch

Ballymeanoch Stones from a Distance
Both Rows of the Ballymeanoch Stones
The Four-Stone Row at Ballymeanoch
Another View of the Four-Stone Row at Ballymeanoch
The Two-Stone Row at Ballymeanoch
Base of a Ballymeanoch Stone
Closeup of Ballymeanoch Stone
Cupmarks on Ballymeanoch Stone
Ballymeanoch Cairn
Portion of Ballymeanoch Cairn
Portion of Ballymeanoch Cairn
Ballymeanoch Henge
Ballymeanoch Henge Stones
Ballymeanoch Henge Cist

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