Craigberoch Standing Stone
Craigberoch Standing Stone

Standing in a farm field just west of Rothesay is a solitary standing stone bearing two cup marks. The stone is just east of the abandoned Craigbiorach Farm.

The stone is 2.4m high (8 feet) and has very clear cup marks on its southwest side (some sources say there are three cup marks but I only saw two).

The official Canmore listing description from 1967 only mentions two cup marks on the stone's southwest face. A later description from 1976 mentions a third cup mark. These are carved 0.7m (roughly 26 inches), 1.5m (59 inches) and 1.9m (76 inches) from ground level.

One of the cup marks, SW face
One of the cup marks, SW face

What makes the Craigberoch Standing Stone intriguing, apart from the cup marks, is its shape; it is wide at the base, but tapers to an almost triangular peak, with a distinct notch on one side.

The stone is 0.9m wide at the base, and 0.4m thick.

The stone from its base
The stone from its base

Getting There

The site is not signposted. We parked on the verge of the B878 at the entrance to Craigbiorach Farm and walked up the track to the farm, a distance of about 500m. The standing stone is very easy to spot in the field immediately east of the farm.

Be aware that, at the time of this writing, there are plans to restore the farm. At this point, there's no telling if, or how, this might impact access to the standing stone and a nearby cist burial.

I highly recommend using the OS Explorer 362 Cowal West & Isle of Bute Ordnance Survey map to find the stone.

About Craigberoch Standing Stone
Address: Craigberoch Farm, Rothesay, Bute, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, PA20 0PY
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: In a field west of Craigberoch Farm, reached by a walk up the farm drive off the B878 just west of Rothesay.
Website: Craigberoch Standing Stone
Location map
OS: NS074636
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express


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