Steinacleit Stone Circle
Steinacleit Stone Circle
A small stone circle set upon a low hill overlooking a mere, with a central structure within the circle. The exact nature of the central structure is a bit of a mystery; it has been variously described as a chambered cairn and a prehistoric homestead. Most of the stones have fallen; only 5 or so remain upright.
One theory is that the 'stone circle' is actually a domestic building built from an earlier prehistoric structure. The RCAHMS national monument record describes it as a homestead and field system. If you are expecting a dramatic stone circle, but Steinacleit is an intriguing site, perhaps more interesting because we can only guess at its original purpose.

The Historic Scotland sign tells us 'Neolithic burial cairn (c. 1800-1500 BCE). The circle of large stones, some 50 ft in diameter, formed the kerb which enclosed the cairn. An outer setting of stones, oval on plan and of unknown purpose, runs at varying distances from the cairn.'.