Ormaig prehistoric rock art

The extraordinary early prehistoric rock art at Ormaig comprises a cluster of cup-and-ring marked rock outcrops set within a forest clearing. There are two principal sets of rock carvings.

Ormaig neolithic art

The lower of the two major exposures is a gently sloping rock sheet, on which the decoration is divided into two sections; the eastern half was only revealed in 1974 and the carvings are unusually fresh, with individual peckmarks clearly visible. There is some 19th-century graffiti and a mass of carvings including three "rosettes" (known locally as the telephone dials).

A short distance to the north is a steeply sloping finger of much-weathered bare rock. It is profusely decorated with designs, which include closely spaced cups, rings and channels.

To the west and north of these main groups are four smaller outcrops bearing a variety of cupmarks and cups with single rings, some with gutters (a gutter is a pecked channel running from the central cup across the surrounding rings).

Visiting Ormaig

The exact location of Ormaig is grid reference NM 822 027.

There is access to the forest through the Historic Scotland car park at Carnasserie Castle.

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.