Region : Highlands Home
District : Caithness Map
Town or village : Lybster List
Grid Reference : ND 188 417 Glossary
Period : 2nd millennium BC Bibliography

Achavanich image

This horseshoe setting of stones is situated on a slightly elevated position overlooking Loch Stemster (Caithness). Thirty-six sandstone slabs remain in place, although there may have been 54 originally.
The flat faces of the slabs follow the line of the setting. Their average height is between 1.2m and 1.5m, with the tallest 2m high. The setting is about 68.5m long and 30.5m wide and it is open to the south-south-east.
This kind of megalithic site, quite unusual in Britain, could date from the Bronze Age.
To the south-east there are the remains of an earlier Neolithic chambered cairn.