NS2786 : Boulder on hillside above Rhu

taken 10 years ago, near to Blairvadach, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Boulder on hillside above Rhu
Boulder on hillside above Rhu
The foreground boulder is about 1.6 metres long (along the line of sight), and about 1.2 metres wide. I chose to make this boulder the subject of a photograph, and to record its position, because some markings on its surface caught my attention; see NS2786 : Possible cup-markings and NS2786 : Possible cup-markings for further details.

As a possible cup-marked boulder, this was a new find.

As for the background of the photo, the promontory of Rhu is visible, jutting out into the Gare Loch on the near shore, directly behind the boulder (appropriately, the name Rhu, formerly spelled Row, is from the Gaelic "rubha", meaning "promontory"; the pronunciation, [ru:], of the place-name did not change, but "Row" was thought to be a confusing spelling).

The Rosneath Peninsula is visible on the far shore of the Gare Loch. There, the jetty of the town of Rosneath ([rozˈniθ], i.e., like "Rose", not "Roz") appears almost directly behind the tip of Rhu promontory. A bright group of buildings on the far shore, towards the right-hand edge of the photo, is clustered about the jetty of Stroul Bay (NS2583).

On the skyline, in the right-hand half of the photo, beneath a white cloud, the distant chimney of the former Inverkip power station ( Link ) is just visible.
Cup-marked rock
This boulder, high on the slopes above Rhu, bears two cup-shaped depressions on its otherwise smooth surface.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 12 May, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 13 May, 2009
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Landmark (from Tags)
Rhu 
Category
Cup-marked stone   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2711 8611 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:2.1944N 4:46.5978W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2711 8611
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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Cup Mark  Gare Loch  Toponymy  Cup-Marked Stone  Archaeology 

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