Pollachar Standing Stone
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
It's a strange location, actually, as the stone is a mere matter of yards from the parking area of the Pollachar Hotel and Restaurant. Indeed, the very persistent hotel cat tried hard to make my acquaintance while I photographed the stone.
The stone probably dates to around 2000 BCE. It stands over 1.7 metres high and is up to 1.5 metres wide. The location of the stone is unusual; most similar stones stand on a hillside or other prominent location. Pollachar, by contrast, stands almost at the very edge of the water.
This oddity has given rise to speculation that it may have served as a marker for mariners, perhaps showing a landing place. Unless the landscape has changed considerably over time, however, this seems unlikely, as the coastline here is a morass of sharp rocks and reefs.
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About Pollachar Standing Stone
Address: B888, Pollachar, South Uist, Western Isles, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: At the very southwestern tip of South Uist, at the end of the B888, immediately beside the Pollachar Hotel
Website: Pollachar Standing Stone
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 Accommodation to Pollachar Standing Stone:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Pollachar Standing Stone. '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.