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Clach an Trushal The tallest standing stone in Scotland

Posted by [email protected] on January 7, 2017 at 7:20 AM

Clach an Trushal is a Scottish Gaelic word often said as Clach an Truiseil, which when translated to English means Stone of Compassion.

Standing as a Guardian 20 miles to the south west from the magnificent stone circle complex of Callanish, this is a must site on any Megalithic Odyssey of the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

Sited in the village of Ballantrushal on the west side of Lewis, this stone has an energetic presence second to none. It is the tallest standing stone in Scotland. Certainly, you feel humble in its presence.

Above ground it stands approximately 5.8 metres -19 ft tall - and is 1.83 metres - 6.0 ft - wide and at its thickest point is 1.5 metres -4.9 ft - thick, with a huge girth at its base of 4.75 metres 15.6 ft..

Local legend says that it marks the site of a great battle, the last to be fought between the feuding clans of the Macaulays and Morrisons.

Yet this stone is actually the solitary surviving stone remaining from a stone circle constructed in the Neolithic period around 5,000 years ago. Occupying a place within the circle, its placement was not central. Sadly, the second last standing stone was removed as late as 1914, and used as a lintel.



Categories: Menhirs/Standing Stones, Outer Hebrides - Scotland

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