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The Ringing Stone - Click to enlarge!
The Ringing Stone
May 2005

Clach a' Choire - Click to enlarge!
Clach a' Choire
May 2005

  

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The Ringing Stone - Click to enlarge!
Granodiorite from Rum
May 2005

The Ringing Stone - Click to enlarge!
'Cup' markings
May 2005

The Ringing Stone - Click to enlarge!
The Ringing Stone
May 2005

On a remote section of Tiree's coast west of Vaul can be found The Ringing Stone, Gaelic Clach a' Choire. This rock is actually an erratic carried by the ice, which covered Scotland during the last ice age, from the island of Rum to the north. The light grey granodiorite boulder is a much younger than anything found on Tiree which is ancient Lewisian rock. The Ringing Stone has been decorated by dozens of cup markings. These have religious significance dating back 4000 years but the precise purpose and meaning is unknown.

When hit with another stone, The Ringing Stone clangs like a large piece of iron. Legend has it that should the boulder ever be broken then Tiree will sink beneath the waves - so don't hit it too hard!

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