Clach-a-Charra

Ordnance Survey Map Reference NN025613

The stone looking west

Arty-farty shot looking west through the upper hole

The lower hole, east face of the stone

The stone looking north

The stone looking south

The stone looking north west

The west face of the stone showing erosion around the holes

Another arty-farty shot looking east towards the sun rising over the hills of Glencoe

The stone looking south west


I visited this one on Saturday 18th October just around sunrise. It lies just south of the busy A82 Oban to Fort William road, and parking can be a bit awkward. Head for Oak Cottage, beside the field with the stone in it, as the field belongs to the owner. A lovely lady, originally from Aberdeenshire but who married a local Cameron man. She told me that the stone had been broken many years ago by a horse using it as a rubbing post, but that her husband's grandfather enlisted the help of a local stone mason to pin and re-erect it. Permission to visit will readily be granted provided the field is not in crop or being used for livestock. She showed me a marvellous photo she was given by a previous visitor, with the stone framed by a rainbow. It's a real beauty, and one of the few surviving holed stones. According to folklore, it is traditionally associated with the slaughter of the two sons of Cummin of Inverlochy, in revenge for wrongs perpetrated on the bride of one of his clansmen.

Date visited 18th October 2003

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