Buaile Riabhach Stone Circle
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The site was excavated in 1881, and it is thought that a sword or small dagger was found. The circle may, in fact, be a curbed cairn, now filled in with earth.
The name Buaile Riabhach is something of a misnomer; that name applies to the fields where the stone circle is found, and the stone circle itself has no known local name.
It's rather hard to know how to describe Buaile Riabhach. Is it a stone circle, a cairn with the addition of standing stones, or a standing stone? Or maybe a bit of each? The location is wonderful, though, with views south to Scalasaig.
From the parking area on the B8086 just past opposite the Colonsay Hotel, walk up the hotel drive as if heading for the bar but take the track to the left of the bar and follow it past Island Lodges and a couple of houses until you reach another track. This is the Old Road, leading north to Kiloran. Turn right onto the Old Road. The road begins to climb and you see the stone circle on the right after about 300m.
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About Buaile Riabhach Stone Circle
Address: Scalasaig, Argyll and Bute, Strathclyde, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: From Scalasaig Farm take the old road that leads to Kiloran (just past the Colonsay Hotel). After a few hundred metres you will see the stone circle clearly on your right.
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Scalasaig Parish Church - 0.1 miles (Historic Church)
Lord Colonsay Monument - 0.3 miles (Historic Building)
Scalasaig Standing Stones - 0.4 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Dun Eibhinn Fort - 0.4 miles (Castle)
Fingal's Limpet Hammers - 1.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Colonsay House Gardens - 1.5 miles (Garden)
Tobar Oran Sculptured Stone - 1.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Cille Chattan - 1.7 miles (Historic Church)
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