Clach na Criche
Clach na Criche is an impressive boulder located along the mainland coast of the Sound of Mull. Distinctive in shape, looks like a stone wall with a hole in the middle.
This strange shaped stone was created millions of years ago when hot volcanic magma forced its way through the earth's crust and then hardened. Although natural in origin, it has played a part in local history and tradition for a long time.
Clach na Criche means boundary stone in Gaelic. Since prehistoric times people have used natural features to show the boundaries between one area and another. In later history it was often a way to indicate who owned an area of land. Rivers, mountains and even hedges were used to outline a person's property; anything that was distinctive and permanent in the landscape could be used.
Clach na Criche's distinctive shape would be excellent in this role. In fact, it is locally said that it was used to mark the boundary between the medieval church parishes of Cill Choluimchille and Cill Fhionntain; also known as Kilcolmkill and Killintag. Historical records mention these parishes as early as the 15th century; it appears that they united during the 16th century.
Visiting Clach na Criche
The exact location of Clach na Criche is grid reference NM 604 467.
The stone is accessible at the side of the B849 in Morvern, roughly a kilometre past the campsite at Fiunary.
All sites managed by Forestry Commission Scotland are open for you to explore. However, not all sites have paths or signage and some are a considerable distance from car parking. We recommend that visitors consult a detailed map and wear appropriate clothing.
Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and remember that historic sites should be treated with care and respect.