Locally thought of as one of our most iconic prehistoric monuments, dating back to the early Neolithic Period, Lanyon Quoit** was originally 4 standing stones with a large capstone. Unfortunately it was damaged by a storm in 1815, and rebuilt 9 years later with only 3 standing stones.
A Quoit is thought of as burial chamber for the bones of the dead.
**The word Quoit comes from the Cornish legend that the capstones on the Quoits came to be there because they were thrown by the giants enjoying a game of quoits.
Click here for an easy to follow walking tour map that guides you to Lanyon Quoit and the Mên-an-Tol in one circular walk whilst taking in other astonishing ancient landmarks along the way.
If you would like to explore our ancient landscape with a guided tour and learn how our local monuments and stone formations relate to the night sky, join Carolyn at Archaeoastronomy Cornwall for one of her walking tours.