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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Clach Mhic Leoid Alternative Name: MacLeod's Stone, Nisabost
Country: Scotland County: Isle of Harris Type: Standing Stone (Menhir)
Nearest Town: Tarbert  Nearest Village: Horgabost
Map Ref: NG04109718  Landranger Map Number: 18
Latitude: 57.865732N  Longitude: 6.991604W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
5 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
3 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
5

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drolaf visited on 28th May 2024 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 3 On a hill overlooking a pristine sandy beach. Stone. Aligns east west

rrmoser visited on 29th Jun 2017 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 3

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Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 4 Ambience: 4.5 Access: 3

Clach Mhic Leoid
Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by steveco : Clach Mhic Leoid (McLeods Stone) Standing Stone NG040972. Pointing out towards St Kilda with Taransay in the background. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Standing Stone in Harris, possibly part of a stone row.

For more information see Canmore Site ID 10532, which, in a 1914 site visit, described this standing stone as: "a very fine standing stone 10' 6" in height, 4' 6" in breadth and from 10-16" in diameter. The base is packed with small boulders to a distance of from 3-4ft, while two slabs (over 3' long) are set on edge, at right angles to the face of the standing stone, and 8'6" distant from it, to the W."

A more recent visit in 1969 adds: "The other two slabs resemble the kerb stones of a cairn, and a large quantity of rubble stones around the standing stone, about 6.0m in diameter, suggest that there may have been a cairn here, but insufficient remains to be certain".
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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by freedomandpeace : Macleod's Stone from rear, Isle of Harris (3 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by caberfeidh : Site in Isle of Harris (2 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by freedomandpeace : Macleod's Stone, Isle of Harris (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by freedomandpeace (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by Tom_Bullock : Photo used by kind permission of Tom Bullock. More details of this location are to be found on his Stone Circles and Rows CD-ROM. (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by Tom_Bullock (1 comment)

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by snapr : Appears to be the only stone remaining of a line or short avenue.

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by SandyG : View from the south. The profile of its top is identical to the most striking part of Taransay behind. Coincidence? (2 comments)

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by pab : The slender side-view of Clach Mhic Leoid, at sunrise on 9 May 2011. Winds - strong! Keeping camera still even when holding onto boulders - impossible! Worth it - definitely...

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by pab : Sunrise, with the sun's glow beginning to show on the hills to the south. Time, 5.39 - hence the images being slightly washed-out...no further comment required thanks! Date: 9 May 2011

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by caberfeidh : Site in Isle of Harris

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by PERKYPUFFIN : Dimensions about 11.6 ft height x 4.8 ft x 1.6 ft. A powerful presence marking an inner sea route on the Atlantic side of Harris. It looks like a local stone but transported at least half a mile.

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by Antonine : 2019

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by Antonine : Myself, first visit May 2019

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by snapr : South easterly view of Clach Mhic Leoid.

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by sumdoood : Approaching from the S along the beach then over the machair one loses sight of CML, but this approx 5ft long recumbent stone (on the grass 1/3 in from the left), points its sharp end directly at your target, Clach Mhic Leoid. Having recently read Gabriel Blamires' book on guidestones in Great Langdale, I wasn't surprised!

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Clach Mhic Leoid submitted by pab : The location of Clach Mhic Leoid as seen from the Sacrista Stone. As can be seen, it is by no means on the top of the hillside. Date of visit: 8 May 2011

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Re: Clach Mhic Leoid by caberfeidh on Monday, 03 November 2008
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I have heard that the Clach MacLeod was used as a gathering place for the Clan MacLeod during troubled times - there was no need to arrange a meeting place, everyone knew it be at the ancient stone.
The stone itself is older than the clan it is named for by several thousand years. There are other stones showing through the turf ~ perhaps they once stood around in a group like the central group at Callanish?
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Re: Clach Mhic Leoid by Anonymous on Sunday, 28 November 2004
I have visted the site and assumed that it was akin to the other "standing stones" in the Isles. I have never been able to discover whence came the appellation "MacLeod's" stone. I am aware of the ancient presence of the MacLeod's in the area as I am a McLeod and generally familiar with the history and geograpy of the Clan. I do wonder if the name is related to some specific event involving a MacLeod? Or is it simply because of the MacLeod presence in Harris, for instance Alistair Crotach who figured largely in the church in Rodel ( just down the road from the stone) and who is buried within the walls of the church?
John D. McLeod, Winnsboro, SC, USA email: [email protected]
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Re: Clach Mhic Leoid by sithean on Monday, 12 April 2004
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Condition:4
Ambience:4
Access:4
How to find: Follow the A859 road south from Tarbert for 18km, travelling through what must surely be the rockiest landscape in Scotland, until you reach Horgabost. After passing a small promontory a roadside sign indicates the stone, which is visible from the parking place, on a low hill beyond the far end of the beach.
This is an impressive and dramatically positioned stone.
This sanding stone can be seen fro the parking place. It shows up above the skyline of the grassy slopes. Very easy and nice walk to reach it, about 10 minutes, walking first on the sandy beach then climbing the hill. The stone is about 3mt and is supported by pecking stones and surrounded by quite few stones. It has been suggested that this stone was erected as a part of a calendrical system in the Hebrides. At the equinoxex the sun sets exactly west over St Kilda. A nearby stones (Sgarasta) had probably the same use. It may be that the prehistoric peoples of Scotland did not use a calendar as we understand it, but simply used the orientated stones and the movement of the sun to identify the correct time of year for their annual or seasonal festivals and rituals.
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