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