The Priest’s Garden, Auchtertyre, Tyndrum, Perthshire

Cup Marked Stone:  OS Grid Reference –  NN 36129 28242

Getting Here

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Turn off the A82 at the SRUC Hill and Mountain Research Centre, between Tyndrum and Crianlarich, and follow the road to the Kirkton Farm buildings. Turn right along the road, and the stone is on the west-facing slope of the hillock on the north side of the track, overlooking the marshy ground of the ‘Priest’s Garden’.

Archaeology & History

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The three cups just below the line of moss.

This triangle of three cup marks does not appear to have been previously recorded. It is at a locality known as Kirkton Farm, and the stone is to the south-west of the ruins of St Fillan’s church, and in the immediate vicinity of St Fillan’s Pool, and a Priest’s Well.  The stone overlooks the piece of land known as the Priest’s Garden, in what had  clearly become a Christian ritual centre.

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The cups face west – south- west.

In view of the amount of early Christian activity hereabouts it is not unlikely that other pre-Christian rock art is waiting to be rediscovered in this locality.

© Paul T. Hornby 2016 The Northern Antiquarian

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