Fingal's Dogstone

(Dog Stone, Clach nan Con)

A relict sea stack marooned on a raised beach between Oban and Dunollie on the west coast of Argyll and Bute, Fingal's Dogstone (or simply the Dog Stone or Clach na Con in Gaelic) is located a half-mile (1 km) northwest of Oban town centre. Geologically, the rock forming the pillar is an unusual Devonian conglomerate (the Dunollie boulder beds), comprising massive boulders in a fine matrix, which was deposited in a desert flash flood around 415 million years ago. Celtic folklore suggests that the Irish giant, Finn or Fingal McCool (Fionn Mac Cumhaill) would tie his dog Bran here and the groove around the base is where the rope has rubbed away the stone.

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