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Steinacleit

Stone Circle

<b>Steinacleit</b>Posted by KammerImage © Simon Marshall
Also known as:
  • Stein-a-Cleit
  • Lower Shader

Nearest Town:Port Nis (17km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   NB396540 / Sheet: 8
Latitude:58° 23' 48.68" N
Longitude:   6° 27' 26.16" W

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Visited 31.5.12

The weather was again sunny with some white fluffy clouds but windy.
I somehow managed to spend a whole week on the Western Isles without seeing any rain – what are the chances?

It was just as well the weather had been kind or otherwise this would have been a very muddy walk from the road to the circle.

The information board states that this site has never been properly excavated and it is not known if this is a circle or cairn?

There are 5 decent sized standing stone with 1 large fallen stone.
Lots of smaller stones scattered all around.

Nearby there is a line of stones which looks like it may be the remains of some sort of enclosure?

There is also a small fenced off area with a ‘mound’ inside – no idea what this is - a cairn perhaps?

Although this is far from being the best stone circle I have seen this week at least it is another Historic Scotland site to tick off the old list - so I’m happy.
Posted by CARL
5th July 2012ce

Here's my tuppence worth on this wonderfully-located but enigmatic site.

The circle of stones has one on the E facing slightly "into" the circle and, if the next one along had been present but the mirror image, they would have formed the shallow E-facing forecourt which is a common feature in Hebridean chambered cairns.

The large central stone would then be a backstone to the passage and chamber entered through this forecourt.

The only problem is that Audrey Henshall (who wrote two large volumes on the Chambered Tombs of Scotland) supports the view that it is a ruined building.

But what are Historic Scotland playing at? The signpost describes it as a homestead (which is what it is scheduled as) but the information board (one of the old ones) refers to it as a chambered cairn.

Visited 31 July 2004
greywether Posted by greywether
13th August 2004ce

This is a great place, or rather has the potential to be much more. Looked after by Historic Scotland? I don't think so! With heather and grass climbing all over it again, its a crying shame this hasn't had more effort put in. There are some fantastic stones here with great shapes but slowly dissapearing. The OS report doubts that there was a cairn here, but I am sure to most folks you just have to look. Course there was! Anyway, it's well worth a look. Posted by macmegalith
4th June 2004ce
Edited 3rd April 2005ce

There are all sorts on the Western coast of Lewis. Most are ‘blink and you’ll miss it places’ such as the unsignposted Loch an Duna Broch, the remains of which lie on a small island linked to the mainland of the loch by a ever more waterlogged causeway. Theres another one on a loch just a few miles up the road. The loch at shader, itself overlooked by the remains of a chambered cairn known as Steinicleit.

Opposite Steinicleit (which could date from 3000BC) past the loch is the huge monolith of Clach an Truseil. An absolutely huge stone which now, I was reasonably surprised to note had a picnic bench not too far away from it.
notjamesbond Posted by notjamesbond
1st July 2003ce

Steinacleit (AKA Lower Siadar) Stone Circle and Cairn
22/7/94
From our great wee campsite at Siabost, we headed north east today up the A857 on our way to the Butt of Lewis, stopping of first at the massive Clach an Trushal, then this site. This is a very complex place- there are only about 5 upright stones, but loads of others and the remains of a (supposedly) chambered cairn in the centre of the circle. I dunno- it's a rather sad and disappointing place- I was mebbe hoping for a more grand stone circle- now it just looks very messy.
Posted by Martin
19th December 2001ce

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RCAHMS NMRS record no. NB35SE 2 at HY39625407 change of site description to homestead and field system dates from late 1980. Even Henshall only called the stone circle "alleged". On the other hand NB35SE 3 that was a standing stone is now scheduled as stone circle and enclosure! wideford Posted by wideford
14th August 2004ce
Edited 3rd April 2005ce

An OS report from 1980 suggest that this site may be a defended homestead which was adopted from a megalithic structure. This report also states that the evidence for a cairn is dubious. Posted by Martin
19th December 2001ce

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Diplomatically described here as a 'Stone Setting'.
Posted by Martin
19th December 2001ce
Edited 3rd April 2005ce