Cup-Marked Stone: OS Grid Reference – NN 64795 38648
Along the A827 road between Killin and Kenmore, park at the entrance to the Tombreck track and cross the road, walking up the track heading up Ben Lawers. Pass the sheep pens, through the gate and keep going for a few hundred yards until you hit the old straight line of walling which runs off east into the pine trees a few hundred yards away. Walk along here, keeping to the south side, for less than 100 yards, watching out for a small stone on a small rise on a small hillock – and make sure your eyes are in good condition!
Archaeology & History
This is a seemingly unrecorded cup-marked stone, with very faint petroglyphic evidences remaining on the surface. Set within the wider surrounds of more recent enclosure walling is this small slightly raised female stone, roughly three feet in diameter, which has at least five cup-markings on its surface, mainly near the middle of the stone. The rock itself is next to the western edge of a raised man-made feature, reminiscent of a collapsed denuded cairn or hut circle, which itself has not been archaeologically assessed.
It is possible that this carving is the same one mentioned briefly in Currie’s (2009) notes at NN 64736 38647, 62 (57m) yards to the east, but the grid reference he cited differs from the one we found yesterday. We’ll double-check it again when we’re out here this weekend. There are many other carvings all along the lower ridges of Ben Lawers, some complex, some simple like this one.
- Currie, George, “Cup-and-Ring Marked Rocks,” in Discovery & Excavation, Scotland, volume 10, 2009.
Acknowledgements: Huge thanks to Paul Hornby for the use of his photos in this site profile; and to Lisa Samson, for her landscape detective work at the site.
© Paul Bennett, The Northern Antiquarian