Kilmartin, Argyll
Standing Stone; Cairn Canmore
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.

Images ©1999 Martin McCarthy, Theasis Photography

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10km Torbhlaran Standing Stone
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13km Cairnbaan Cup and Ring Marks
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15km Kilmory Oib Village Deserted Mediæval Village
15km Stane Alane Standing Stone
19km Castle Lachlan Castle
(NB: All distances are as-the-crow-flies. Lochs, mountains and beautiful winding roads will make it further. Sometimes much further.)