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Steinacleit - Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Cairn and Settlement ?
National Grid Reference: NB 396 540

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How To Get There

This site lies just off the A857 to the north west of the island. From Stornoway take the A857 north out of town. This road will take you right to the other side of the island. At the junction with the A858 keep to the A857. After 4 miles you will see a turn to the left signed for Clach an Truiseil. 3/4 of a mile later there is a turn off to the right, just before the main road passes Loch an Duin. Take this road, the site is on the hillside overlooking the loch.

We were visiting this part of Lewis in order to see the Black House Museum and the massive monolith Clach an Truiseil. We just happened to spot the distinctive "ye olde monument" typeface on the OS map and decided to pop by here for a closer look.

The information on site described the collection of stones as a cairn and farmstead. The truth is that the site has never been excavated and there are many theories regarding just what it might have been. The dominant feature is a kerbed collection of stones shown in the photograph above. I must say that whilst on site my impression was of a collapsed and robbed out cairn. My thoughts at the time where that this structure, 16 meters in diameter, was here first and much later on the site had been robbed of stones to build the oval enclosure still clearly visible today.

I think I'll stick by my own theory until somebody gets around to excavating it and proving me wrong. Most books that have a mention of this site list it simply as a "prehistoric structure" so I'm in good company with my vague description!

The photograph on this page shows the view down to Loch an Duin which is the site of a iron age stone fort or "dun" which had a causeway leading over the loch to the structure.

Nearby Sites

Clach an Truiseil

Related Sites

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