Achnabreck Cup and Rings

A Heritage Site in Argyll

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There are three cup-and-ring marked outcrop rocks at this largest and most extensive group of prehistoric rock carvings in Scotland. The site is in the care of Historic Scotland. The site also boasts the largest cup-and-ring mark in Scotland. With its radial grooves it looks like a giant spider web (> 1m in diam). It was first reported by Sir James Simpson (1864) and surveyed and mapped by Ronald W. B. Morris in 1970.

Access: 2.5 km NW of Lochgilphead, with signposted public access and carpark.

Achnabreck Cup and Rings

Kilmichael Glassary
Nr Lochgilphead
PA31 8QD
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Argyll stretches from Ayrshire in the South along the Western seaboard with Greater Glasgow to the East and the Fort William area to the North. Theoretically, Argyll includes the Western Isles, but the Islands are often separated because of their different cultural identity. Much of the area has been developed in the past by Glasgow merchants, who built houses overlooking the entrance to the Clyde. It is wonderfully diverse area of industrial and natural heritage with efficient ferries connecting the various peninsulas and islands and many festivals staged throughout the year.