Ballantrushal is thought to mean “The farm at the Truiseal stone”, which refers to a standing stone in the village known as Clach an Truiseal.
Clach an Truiseal
This is known to be the tallest standing stone in Scotland at almost 6m (20ft)high. It is thought to have been a sea marker in prehistoric times and it is part of a large prehistoric landscape which includes Steincleit in nearby Lower Shader. Its name means ‘Stone of Sorrow’ which is thought to relate to local traditions that it is the grave of a viking prince or that it marks the site of a battle between the Morrisons of Ness and the MacAulays of Uig. The monolith predates any event AD.