Rock Art Database


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Canmore ID 259329 SCRAP ID 220
Location OS Grid Ref: NH 40366 30883 Team Not in team
Existing Classifications
Classification Period
Date Fieldwork Started 04/08/2020 Date Fieldwork Completed
New Panel? No  


A1. Identifiers

Panel Name GLAICHOILE Number
Other names
HER/SMR SM Number Other
Classifications And Periods
Classification 1 Cup And Ring Marked Rock Period 1 Neol/bronze Age

A2. Grid Reference(original find site)

OS NGR NH 40366 30883
Lat/Long 57.34042 -4.65403
Obtained By: Mobile Phone

A3. Current Location & Provenance

  • At original location
Accession no. Not given

Section B. CONTEXT

B1. Landscape Context

Weather Cloudy
Position in landscape Hillside
Topography(terrain within about 500m of panel.) Sloping
Aspect of slope (if on sloping terrain e.g. S, SE etc.) SSW

B2. Current land use & vegetation

  • Improved Pasture
  • Rough Grazing

B3. Forestry

  • No selection

B4. Archaeological Features within 200m / or visible from the panel

  • Field System
  • Settlement
  • Ditch/Bank

B5. Location Notes

The panel lies in grazing on a S facing slope overlooking the River Enrick where several smaller burns join the main river. It is situated to the E of a landscape of Bronze Age remains, hut circles clearance cairns, field systems at Buntait and, on the other side of the river about 1km to the W, is Corrimony, a Clava type cairn. There is a minor road to Buntait about 300m to the S of the panel and the land then falls away to the river valley. The carved outcrop forms part of the edge of the slope with the remains of an enclosure wall immediately to the N, and the N edge of the outcrop is covered with a large juniper bush. There are the low footing remains of an old house 35m to the SE. At present the surrounding land is pasture with forestry and open moorland to the N and E.

Previous Notes

NH43SW 44 40366 30883 There are three cupmarks on the flat surface of an outcrop incorporated into the N wall of an enclosure within a ruined farmstead NE of Glaichoile (see NH43SW 43). The largest cup measures 100mm in diameter and 35mm in depth. (URQ97 498) Visited by RCAHMS (PJD) 24 October 1997

Section C. PANEL

C1. Panel Type

In the landscape Outcrop

C2. Panel Dimensions, Slope & Orientation

Dimensions of panel (m to one decimal place)
Length (longer axis) 8.5 Width 5.5
Height (max) 3 Height (min) 0
Approximate slope of carved surface
3 degrees degrees
Orientation (Aspect e.g. NW)
Rock Surface S Carved Surface S Carved Surface

C3. Rock Surface

Surface Compactness Hard Grain Size Medium Visible Anomalies Not Visible
Rock Type Gneiss

C4. Surface Features

  • Fissures/cracks
  • Natural Hollows
  • Weathering Channels

C5. Panel Notes

This is a large gneiss outcrop projecting 5.5m N-S from the edge of a slope to the N. The outcrop is 8.5m E-W and up to 3.0m high. The cup marks are on the nearly flat top of the outcrop which has a very slight slope to the S. There are 3 cupmarks with a possible 4th cupmark on the S part of the outcrop. Two of the cupmarks have faint rings around them. The surface of the outcrop is irregular with a number of deep fissures mainly running N-S some with grass growing in them and the whole outcrop is lichen covered.

C6. Probability

The probability that there is any rock art on the panel is Definite


1 cupmark is a probable, and there is a possible faint ring around 1 cupmark


Cup and Rings
Other Ring

Visible Tool Marks? No

Visible Peck Marks? No


D1. Access

  • Right to Roam access.
  • Panel is on Private land.

D2. Awareness

  • Panel was known before the project.
There are stories or folk traditions associated with this panel No

D3. Risk

  • Large areas of the rock are covered in lichen, moss or algae.
  • There are shrubs growing on the rock surface.
  • No selection
Comments and other potential threats

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