Record details

Type of record:Monument


stone circle


Pobull Fhionn, North Uist  © Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Grid Reference:NF 8427 6502
Map Sheet:NF86NW
Island:North Uist
Parish:NORTH UIST, Western Isles

Monument Types

  • STONE CIRCLE (Undated)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 5125: Sornach Coir'Fhinn,stone circle 350m S of Ben Langass

Full description

NF86NW 7 8427 6502.

(NF 8427 6502) Pobul Fhinn (NR)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)

This stone circle is known locally as Sornach Coir' Fhinn. The OS 6"map, 1903 erroneously applies this name to another circle (NF86SW 28).
The circle is oval, being 122ft E-W and 100ft N-S. The enclosed area has been partly levelled by excavation to a depth of 4ft on the N side, and a slight bank of earth with some stones in it has been erected along the southern side on the edge of the plateau and round the ends. The standing stones generally are placed on the outer edge of this bank and against the face of the slight scarp on the northern side. About 24 erect stones and boulders can be counted in the ring of the circle, eight on the northern and sixteen on the southern half, but a considerable length of the NE segment is devoid of stones.
E Beveridge 1911; RCAHMS 1928.

Pobul Fhinn is generally as described by the RCAHMS, the eight stones on the northern half being the most prominent although there are 23 others. A wall on the north side is no more than 0.5m high and 0.3m thick and may not be contemporary with the circle. Neither name could be authenticated locally.
Surveyed at 1/10,560.
Visited by OS (J T T) 10 June 1965.

Erskine Beveridge, 1911, North Uist: its archaeology and topography, 259-60 (Bibliographic reference). SWE12876.

RCAHMS, 1928, The RCAHMCS 9th Report & Inventory: Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Small Isles, 83, No. 250 (Bibliographic reference). SWE5587.

{H} A {W} Burl, 1976a, The Stone Circles of the British Isles, 147, 259, 280, 358 (Bibliographic reference). SWE2801.

A, A S and [H] A [W] Thom, Tho, 1980, Brit Archaeol Rep, 310-11 plan (Bibliographic reference). SWE7630.

Sources and further reading

  • Bibliographic reference: Erskine Beveridge. 1911. North Uist: its archaeology and topography. 259-60.
  • Bibliographic reference: {H} A {W} Burl. 1976a. The Stone Circles of the British Isles. 147, 259, 280, 358.
  • Bibliographic reference: RCAHMS. 1928. The RCAHMCS 9th Report & Inventory: Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Small Isles. 83, No. 250.
  • Bibliographic reference: A, A S and [H] A [W] Thom, Tho. 1980. Brit Archaeol Rep. 81. 310-11 plan.

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