Buldoo Standing Stone

The tallest standing stone in Caithness and part of a setting of smaller stones. These menhirs may be up to 5,000 years old, dating back to the Neolithic period.

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  • 0.1km from the main road.


  • Park at Latheron Community Hall.


  • A short walk from the community hall, although one fence must be crossed to reach the stone setting.
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible

Additional Information

Just above the A99 junction at Latheron stands the tallest standing stone in the north of Scotland. At over 3.7m high and covered in interesting lichens, Buldoo standing stone comprises part of an ancient stone setting along with the other stones situated not far away. One has collapsed, but the other still stands nearby. It is thought that these stones were erected by the Neolithic inhabitants of Caithness around 5,000 years ago. Many theories exist as to their purpose: some believe they were astronomically aligned, while others see them as objects of ritual veneration or as marking gathering places in the landscape. Whatever their use, a great deal of effort would have been required by the community to move and erect these massive monoliths.

To visit the stones, park at Latheron Community Hall at the junction of the A9 and A99, and make your way on foot onto the A9. The stones are located in a field behind the buildings on your right. This land is right-to-roam, so cross the fence on the right and walk towards the bell tower. The stones should be visible from here.

You can find out more about Buldoo standing stone, as well as other archaeological and historical sites, on Canmore, Scotland’s historic environment record.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The lichen covering the stones is called oak moss – not only does it give the stone character, but it is also a good indicator of air quality!

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