Kintraw

Kilmartin, Argyll
Standing Stone; Cairn
Also known as The Danish King's Grave

Kintraw is a couple of miles north of Kilmartin, where the road heads down towards Loch Craignish.

In a field by the road stands a thirteen-foot tall monolith with three cairns around it.

Local folklore says that the stone was erected to mark the burial place of a Norse prince and is known as The Danish King's Grave. The large cairn also goes by that name.

The monolith fell during the winter of 1978/79. It was re-errected and set in a concrete plinth, but has been twisted from its original alignment.

The large cairn was excavated in 1959-60 and then rebuilt. A single burial was found in a cist only a short distance within the kerb. An eight-foot monolith was found lying within the cairn, and there was a gap in the centre where a wooden post had stood and later disintegrated. Six ornamented jet beads, a bronze buckle and shells and animal teeth were found amongst the stones, but there is no particular reason to believe that these were contemporary with the contstruction of the cairn.

The remains of two other cairns are close by.


Share

Nearby Sites:

Salachary Stone Row

Standing Stones.

1km away.

View site

Ormaig Rock Carvings

Cup and Ring Marks.

2km away.

View site

Carnassarie Standing Stones

Standing Stones.

4km away.

View site

Carnassarie Cairn

Cairn.

4km away.

View site

Creagantairbh Beag Monolith

Standing Stone.

4km away.

View site

Glennan

Standing Stone.

4km away.

View site

Kilmartin Church And Graveyard

Mediaeval Grave Slabs; Early Christian Crosses; Carved Slabs; Church.

6km away.

View site

Temple Wood

Stone Circle.

7km away.

View site

Nether Largie Stone Setting

Stone Setting.

7km away.

View site

Dunchraigaig Cairn

Chambered Cairn.

8km away.

View site

Ballymeanoch Cairn

Kerb Cairn.

8km away.

View site

Ballymeanoch Stone Rows

Stone Rows.

8km away.

View site

Ballymeanoch Holed Stone

Standing Stone (broken, fallen and moved).

8km away.

View site

Ballymeanoch Henge

Henge; Cist.

8km away.

View site

Torbhlaran

Standing Stone.

10km away.

View site