Caiystane, Comiston


This really is Unregarded Edinburgh, and far more impressive in real life than any photo can convey.  The stone stands fully over nine feet high tucked against a garden in Caiystane View, near the Fairmilehead crossroads and Hunter’s Tryst.  It is as impacting as it is unexpected.

Clearly it’s an ancient standing stone, which might be anything up to 3000 years old.


There are various ideas about what it was put up to mark.  Some say an ancient ritual site (always a popular default setting for archaeologists) or a burial marker (that’s the other one) or perhaps a boundary marker or battle memorial.  Certainly there are old cup marks on the back of the stone.

The stone has a number of names.  Caiystane is the one most used nowadays but it went by Camus stone, Ket Stane, Kel stane, and Cat stane in the past. Camus was a Viking prince or king who supposedly died in a battle near this site, but the stone is way too old to commemorate this event.


Nowadays the National Trust are supposed to look after it.  Might be nice if they bothered to clean off the spray painted graffiti from the back of the stone.  Still it’s only been there for ten years – early days yet!

Copyright David Macadam 2013



3 thoughts on “Caiystane, Comiston

  1. Margaret

    Know the Caiystane very well. I lived at 13 East Caiystane Rd from 1937 – 1959. I used to play in, “the woods” just around the corner. The house at the back of the Caiystane belonged to a girlfriend. We also played at Swanston Farm taking rides on the hay boogies. I emigrated to Canada and subsequently to California where I now live in San Diego. In the process of making a Scottish video I came across this sight. Fairmilehead has grown!

    1. David Macadam Post author

      Thank you stopping by and commenting, its always nice to find others interested in the oddities tucked away in Edinburgh. If you knew Fairmilehead as a child you may be saddened to know thatb the old roadhouse at the old bus terminus has now gone. I hope to do a post on this loss to the area soon. Regards

      1. Margaret

        Thank you Mr. Macadam for your quick response. My parents used to walk to the Road House on nice evenings and drop in to talk to friends – sad to learn that it is no more.

        Hunters Tryst was a dairy farm run by a Mr. Rodgers. My friend Sheila and I would often go there and pat the horses, which pulled the carts and delivered milk to the local people.

        I can hardly believe the build up of homes in Fairmilehead. Building was stopped during the war and I benefited from the surrounding green fields and stone dykes. Fairmilehead housing prices are almost as exorbitant as they are here in California. This must mean that Edinburgh is booming with good employment. Nice to know since Californians think the world revolves around the Bay Area.

        Thank you again,


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