Turnalt Farm History
Turnalt Farm is situated in Glen Domhain (Deep Glen) which has
Barbreck river running through it.
To the south of the farm buildings and on the south side of Barbreck
river lies the lowground area of Sluggan. Here there is a knoll which
marks the site of the battle of Sluggan which took place in
AD968 when a large force of Viking raiders under their leader
Olaf Tryggvenson were defeated by the Scots. A standing stone near
to the knoll marks the fall of Utric who was Olaf's commander in
chief during this bloody battle. Olaf is said to lie beneath
Dun Aula, a knoll behind Barbreck house which is situated further
down the Glen.
The Deer Stone
About 3 miles north of the farm buildings and deep in the Glen
lies the mysterious and elusive Deer Stone. The Deer Stone is a
low lying stone on which there is a carving of a Deer. The Deer
Stone is hard to find and its exact location is known only to a few.
Some believe the Deer Stone to be an ancient representation of the
presiding spirit of the Glen, others that it celebrates a great
stag hunt of more recent times, but its true significance remains
To see photos of the deer stone, just click on the photo below and you will see the next
one in the series, which shows the approach to the stone. Continue clicking on the photos
until you get to the last photo showing a close up of the Deer Stone. Click on this photo
and it will take you back to the start of the series.
© Iain MacNicol