The Clach a’ Charridh or Shandwick Stone

The Shandwick cross slab can be seen standing above the village of Shandwick within Seaboard Villages. Local people concerned by the erosion of the stone formed the Shandwick Trust and it is now protected from the elements by a glass box. There is a local tradition that unbaptised babies who had died during birth were buried near the stone. The many carvings on both sides of the stone are stunning. It is also part of the Pictish Trail (Heritage Trail). The Clach a’ Charridh or Shandwick Stone is a historic landmark monument Of Scotland.

The Shandwick Stone is under glass and not very easy to photograph. I believe this may be the original stone and the intricacy of the carving is wonderful. The information boards at the stone are very good supplying lots of details about the stone and the Pictures.

This cross slab (pictish), pictish symbol stone (pictish) stands in field on hillside sloping towards sea above S side of village of Shandwick, where burials took place in former times. Blown down c1846 and broken into 2 pieces it has since been repaired and re-erected on a circular stepped base which conceals some of sculpture at bottom.

One side of the Shandwick Stone is decorated with a cross and the other is separated into five panels. Stones like this, carved on both sides, were mainly erected between 700 and 800AD. The stone, which is over 10ft (3m) tall, blew down in a gale in 1846 but has been restored. The Shandwick Stone, along with the stones at Nigg and Hilton, are similar to Sueno’s Stone at Forres but the figures are more distinctly Christian.

The Clach a’ Charridh, cross slab [A slab of stone, either standing or recumbent, inscribed with a cross. Usually found in association with burials] (Shandwick Stone) is a Pictish stone located near Shandwick on the Tarbat peninsula in Easter Ross, Scotland. The Shandwick Stone is part of a triad of stones found along the eastern coast of Ross-shire within a few miles of each other. With the Nigg and Hilton of Cadboll Stones, they are said to be monuments to three Norse brothers whose bodies were washed up on the shore after a great storm. According to the folktale, they were trying to rescue their sister from the evil Earl of Ross at Balnagown Castle. A project of Ross and Cromarty Heritage Society, Dingwall.

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