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A matched pair of prominent standing stones was stand on the plateau that forms the eastern flank of the Yarrows basin. Their location on a small rocky knoll (ND 3162 4312) is not the highest point of the plateau (ND 3142 4300) and makes them visible from the Warehouse cairns and the land to the south and east, but not from the south Yarrows cairns.


Both stones are similar in form one being slightly smaller version of the other and appear to have been being quarried from the same rock bed, perhaps at the same time.  The stones are long and slender standing 1.8 and 2.5 m high and roughly rectangular in section. They were set 5.5 metres apart aligned roughly north south. The longest faces are set roughly parallel to each other but point roughly 55 degrees west of the north alignment axis.


The southern stone points towards South Yarrows North chambered cairn although there is no inter-visibility. The north stone points towards a distant group of three standing stones located 6 km away at Lower Camster and to Beinn Freicedain on the same alignment, an isolated hill 28 km away topped by an enclosure and round cairn. It should be emphasised that such apparent alignments are mealy observations; there is no intention here to suggest the apparent alignments were indented. The orientation of the stones may simply reflect the natural faulting of the bedrock and hence the ease of cutting sockets for the stones. Excavation can help resolve such issues.


The stones share the small knoll with a cairn located 27 m to the southeast. The roughly circular cairn, 7 metres by 5 metres, probably covered a Bronze Age short cist burial.

Short cist burial

Matched pair of standing stones