Category Archives: Cup-and-Ring Stones

Ostensibly non-linear carved designs, generally assumed to be Bronze Age in date, but many originate in the neolithic period (some may indeed date back to 5000 BCE). Their central features are small rounded cup-markings, circles, semi-circles, curved lines (short, mid-length, and long), straight-ish lines, double- and multiple-rings, all in usually abstract design-forms. Their almost complete non-linear nature relate to non-egoic structuralisms, making them difficult to ‘intellectually’ grasp. Added to this is that no two carvings are the same. Although no direct ‘meaning’ can be ascribed to the carvings, many of them have a relationship with ancient notions of death and/or burial. In animistic terms, they relate to the spirit of rocks and other features of the natural landscape. They have very little relationship with alignment features (though exceptions in some megalithic rings have been found). Some modern writers allege positive relationships with water, but this ingredient (if tenable) cannot yet be said with any certainty: the idea should be forged onto animistic relationships with the land itself.

Moonzie, Cupar, Fife

Cup-Marked Stone:  OS Grid Reference – NO 34 18 Archaeology & History There are no previous literary references to this small portable cup-marked rock, relocated recently by Paul Hornby during one of his various antiquarian meanderings.  Found in association with … Continue reading

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Murrayshall, Scone, Perthshire

Standing Stone:  OS Grid Reference – NO 15200 26263 Also Known as: Balgarvie (Swarbrick) Canmore ID 28135 Mill of Bonhard Getting Here On the main road (A94) through Scone, go east along either Murrayshall Road or Bonhard Road for a short … Continue reading

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Pitcur Souterrain (3) – Carving 2, Kettins, Perthshire

Cup-and-Ring Stone:  OS Grid Reference – NO 25289 37380 – NEW FIND Getting Here Follow the same directions as if you’re visiting the Pitcur (3) souterrain.  Once here, you’re standing at the southernmost uncovered section of the monument, where one uncovered … Continue reading

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Rough Haw Carvings, Flasby, North Yorkshire

Cup-Marked Stone: OS Grid Reference – SD 96396 55834 – NEW FIND Getting Here The quickest way to get here is to follow the directions to the Sharp Haw Trig Stone. From the Trig Stone keep heading down the footpath until … Continue reading

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Sharp Haw, Flasby, North Yorkshire

Cup-Marked Stone:  OS Grid Reference – SD 9594 5532 Getting Here The quickest way to get here is to head out of Skipton towards the B6265 Grassington Road. Once on the B6265 you will go past the Craven Heifer Pub … Continue reading

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Peace Stone, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire

Cup-and-Ring Stone:  OS Grid Reference – NS 56413 99540 Also Known as: Canmore ID 44622 Gartrenich Malling Menteith 1 Getting Here The quickest way here is bedevilled with troublesome parking (and an unhelpful local at Malling Cottage).  That aside, roughly halfway … Continue reading

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Nor Hill, Skipton Moor, North Yorkshire

Cup-Marked Stone:  OS Grid Reference – SE 02181 51125 Getting Here Along the A65 near Draughton, go (south) uphill at Height Lane until it levels out.  ¾-mile (1.2km) up, a modernized stone milepost is where the road crosses the ancient Roman … Continue reading

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Montalt, Dunning, Perthshire

Cup-Marked Stone:  OS Grid Reference – NO 06 13 Also Known as: Canmore ID 26675 Mount Alt Farm Archaeology & History This is a curious stone and may not be the type of ‘cup-marked’ rock we’re used to.  Maybe… It is presently … Continue reading

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Langside House, Cathcart, Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Cup-and-Ring Stone (removed):  OS Grid Reference – NS 5726 6128 Also Known as: Bluebell Woods Canmore ID 44291 Langside Stone Archaeology & History Amidst where now the busy city spreads on the south-side of Glasgow, there was once an excellent multi-ringed prehistoric … Continue reading

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The Green, Glen Lochay, Killin, Perthshire

Cup-Marked Stone:  OS Grid Reference — NN 53976 35248 Also Known as: Canmore ID 274203 Falls of Lochay Getting Here Going out of Killin towards Kenmore on the A827 road, immediately past the Bridge of Lochay Hotel, turn left. Go down … Continue reading

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