Baluachraig Cup And Ring Marks
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The markings were carved about 3000 BCE with a stone hammer. It seems possible that the clusters of marks were carved at different times by different groups of visitors to the glen.
The cup and rings are very simple in style, much simpler than at Achnabreck at the south end of the glen. They are essentially a hollow in the rock surface (the cup) surrounded by one or more concentric circles (the rings).
Why was this particular rock face chosen? We don't really know, but according to Historic Scotland, one possibility is that the rock face has good views of the coast. It is also close to a natural pool, which may have held sacred significance to people at that time. It also may have been close to an established trail to hunting ground or pasture land.
Access is very easy; the stone is located next to the A186 about one mile south of Kilmartin village.
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About Baluachraig Cup And Ring Marks
Address: Kilmartin Glen, Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site - Carved Stone
Location: One mile south of Kilmartin off the A816
Website: Baluachraig Cup And Ring Marks
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Nearest Holiday Cottages to Baluachraig Cup And Ring Marks:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Baluachraig Cup And Ring Marks. '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.