Raasay Pictish Stone

Raasay | Inverarish | Standing stone |

[Raasay Pictish Stone]

This ancient standing stone is conveniently next to the quiet lane along west coast of Raasay, about half a mile north of the island's ferry terminal. In fact, too conveniently - the stone was actually relocated here from nearer the pier a couple of centuries ago, after being unearthed during the building of a road to Raasay House. Faint carvings depict a Chi Ro cross (at the top), tuning fork (near the bottom) and crescent and V-rod symbol (right down at ground level); these are all also found on other similar stones around the country, and were probably etched in the 8th or 9th century. Pictish stones are actually relatively rare in western Scotland as a whole - most examples are concentrated much further east - but there were apparently several on Raasay. This is by far the island's best one.

[Close up view]

Location & info

📌 Pictish Stone (Raasay)
By minor road half a mile (15-min walk) north of the ferry terminal, Raasay, G.R.: NG 547368 ///plenty.workouts.bins
Always open | Free

💬 No space to park next to the stone, but a short distance to the south the road is probably wide enough to leave a car for short periods.

Getting to Raasay

Raasay is a small island reached by generally frequent, 25-min CalMac ferries from Sconser on the Isle of Skye. Cars are permitted, but are usually unnecessary for most tourists visiting the island's main attractions, which are all close to the ferry terminal on the south side of the island.


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