Isle of Albion
Stone alignments with adjacent cairn and henge.
Photographed: Sunday 28th September 2014
Other Names: Baile Meadhonach
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Ballymeanoch is a standing stone alignment dating back to around 2000BC. It is believed the stones once formed part of a longer avenue, but now only four remain in one segment of the row, with another two stones standing parallel. The tallest stone stands to a height of 4 metres. The middle two stones of the larger alignment are carved with cup and ring markings.

Nearby, another remaining stone lies fallen, with an apparently man-made hole running through it. This stone is recorded as being upright in the 19th Century, and was relocated to its current position in 1977.

The holed stone is in close proximity to the remains of a burial cairn (sometimes referred to incorrectly as a stone circle), and there is also a barely visible henge monument that's been largely destroyed by ploughing.

Ballymeanoch is a great site to visit. Visually, it's stunning, and the number of points of interest here make it fascinating to explore. It doesn't hurt that it's approached via Dunchraigaig Cairn, which is impressive it its own right. One word of caution though: the field was full of young bulls when I visited. They didn't seem particularly aggressive, but they were definitely curious, and I felt the need to be quite cautious when moving around the stones.