Cultoon Stone Circle, Islay
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Immediately north of the circle is a natural mound with an upright stone on it. Investigation showed that the top of the mound had been burned several times, with a radio-carbon date of 1055BC+ 130. This sugests some sort of ritual fire ceremony related to the stone circle.
Fifty metres from the stone circle is a low mound that appears to be a burial chamber.
There is a small lay-by north of the circle. Don't park immediately beside the circle, as this involves climbing over the farm fence, something the local farmer is understandably annoyed by.
Because Islay is an island the 'nearest accommodation' properties listed below may not be on Islay itself but on the Scottish mainland. The best source we have found for accommodation on the island is Isle of Islay.com, a dedicated local website offering a wonderful mix of local information, history, activities, and accommodation information.
About Cultoon Stone Circle
Address: Portnahaven, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: On the Rinns of Islay, off the minor road from Kilchiaran to Portnahaven. Open access site.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Kilchiaran Chapel and Cup Stone - 2 miles (Historic Church)
Nerabus Chapel and Carved Stones - 2.2 miles (Historic Church)
Museum of Islay Life - 3.7 miles (Museum)
Kilchoman Crosses and Old Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
Bowmore Round Church - 7.4 miles (Historic Church)
Loch Gruinart RSPB Nature Reserve - 8.1 miles (Countryside)
American Monument - 10.6 miles (Historic Building)
Kilnave Chapel and Cross - 10.6 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Cultoon Stone Circle:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Cultoon Stone Circle. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Bowmore (Isle of Islay)
Tourist Information Centre
Isle of Islay
Argyll and Bute
Tel: 01496 810 254