Eagle Rock, Cramond
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
If the figure is indeed Roman, it seems more likely that it is meant to depict the god Mercury, but even then we are venturing into the territory of guesswork, as the carving is so worn as to make further identification almost impossible.
One theory, which has as much plausibility as the Roman interpretation, is that the carving is part of a pagan shrine, possibly to the god Cernunnos or Ogmios. In any case, the carving appears much more likely to represent a human figure, bearing a club over one shoulder, than an eagle.
The carving is some 3.5 feet tall, and 2.5 feet wide at the base. The carving stands out over 4 inches from the rock surface, which may account for the weathering which has so badly affected it. It has also been much defaced, leaving little more than a faint outline.
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About Eagle Rock, Cramond
Address: Cramond, Lothian, Scotland
Attraction Type: Roman Site - Carved Stone
Location: Just west of Cramond off the A90. Access via a pathway from South Queensferry, under the railway bridge, into the Dalmeny Castle estate, then along the shore path for over a mile.
Website: Eagle Rock, Cramond
Photo Credit: Richard Webb, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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