Clach na Croiche

Ordnance Survey Map Reference NN946521

The stone looking south

The stone looking east

The stone looking north

The stone looking west

The stone looking south east

Take the road for Aberfeldy at the Ballinluig junction on the A9. The road (A827) curves round and back over the A9. Continue through Logierait, and after approximately 5km you will cross a bridge over the Tay, and come to a junction. Turn left at the junction on to the B898, and after about 2km you will come to Balnaguard. There is space to park at the side of the road in the village. On foot, look for a grassy track to your left (the N side of the village) over an old railway bridge (there is a sign on the wall here with "Balna LMS Stop" on one side, and Guard Platform on the other). From here you will be able to see Clach na Croiche in the field below.

Also known as Balnaguard, this is one solid chunk of rock, a good 7-1/2 feet tall and four feet wide. No cupmarks visible, though on an earlier excavation I believe seven were found, about a foot below ground. This sits in a fine open plain, and if the rest of the reputed circle were the size of this remaining one, it must have been a pretty impressive sight!

In 1969, John McBeth, the farmer at Balnaguard, found a short cist while ploughing 12.0m to the NW of the stone, at the highest point of a slight rise. Upon excavation, the cist was found to have a partially-cobbled floor. Several finds, including an upturned beaker sitting on sand in one corner, are now in the National Museum. The cist was filled in, and the cover stone now lies at the edge of the field (NN 9455 5205).

Date visited - 22nd June 2003

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