Dunruchan Stone Row

Ordnance Survey Map Reference NN792172

Stone F looking north east

Stone F looking west

Stone B looking north west

Stone B looking south, Stone C a speck in the distance

Stone C looking south

Stone C looking west

Stone D looking south, towards Stone E

Stone D looking east

Stone D looking north east, Stone C in background

Stone E looking south

Stone E looking north west

Stone E looking north east, Stone D in the background

Stone A looking west

Stone A looking south, a saltire in the sky


Heading south from Comrie on the B827, take the east-bound un-numbered road for Muthill and less than a kilometre down this is the site of the Shillinghill or Dunruchan stone group. These stones require a bit of hiking, though the first is situated just inside a field beside the road. Parking can be awkward here, so be careful, and ask permission at Craigneich Farm - readily enough granted.

The stones are numbered A to F in CANMORE, and stone F is the four-sided 6 foot+ stone in the field beside the road, at NN79221787. Entering the field on the south side of the road, I wandered slowly through knee-high heather uphill to Stone B (NN79201743) which stands about 5 feet tall and around 8 feet wide. From here you can see stone A away over to the east, and stone C (NN79101714) to the SSW, about 200m away. Stone C is another steady plod uphill, and stands about 9 feet vertically, though with a pronounced southern tilt (see the photographs). On to D (NN79031689), another tall one, being about 8-1/2 feet, which stands on a bit of a platform with a lot of smaller stones (probably field clearance), leaning north. From the hoof-marks around, a favourite rubbing spot for the sheep! Stone E is very close by here (NN78981682), nearly seven feet tall, and looking NW you can see A, C and D quite clearly. The views from here are absolutely magnificent, and there was not a breath of wind. I stayed here for some time, just looking at the views. Then I headed off to the largest stone of this group, A (NN79541739), which is a wee hike away and rough going at first through heather and some marshy bits. This stone is a real cracker, over 11 feet tall. I was just setting up to take some photographs when I noticed two jet con-trails in the sky making a perfect saltire against the blue... so, hoping it would come out I shot almost into the sun for the perfect Scottish stone setting! It came out not too bad! This is an amazing group, and well worth a visit if you are in the vicinity. On a day like today the views alone are worth the effort. There are no discernible markings on any of the stones.

Visited 13th March 2003


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