Cup-Marked Stone: OS Grid Reference – NN 65218 39525
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Along the A827 road between Killin and Kenmore, park-up at the Tombreck entrance and cross the road, taking the long track which eventually zigzags up the slope of Ben Lawers. Keep your eyes on the copse of trees a few hundred yards east that runs up the slopes and when you are level with the top of it, walk along the line of walling that heads to it. Go past the top of the trees and the first big boulder you reach is the fella in question.
Archaeology & History
Adjacent to an ancient trackway that runs across the slopes of the mountain, this large glacial boulder sits proudly on the slopes calling out for attention — and attention it certainly received countless centuries ago, when local people (perhaps) decided to cut at least nine cup-markings onto the top of the rock.
The surface today is encrusted with olde lichens of colourful hues, beneath which may be other cups or rings; but as I’m a great lover of such forgotten medicinal primers, I wasn’t about to scratch beneath their bodies to find out. The carving is worth looking at when you’re exploring the other, more impressive carvings in this Allt a’ Choire Chireinich cluster.
© Paul Bennett, The Northern Antiquarian