Historic Environment Scotland
Kilmartin Glen, Baluachraig Cup and Ring Marks, Scotland. Many have tried to read symbolism into these cup-and-ring marks, but we can only speculate about their significance. It is difficult to date, but it is clear that the potential date range is very long, from around 3500 to around 1000 BCE. The Kilmartin Glen rock art, including that at Baluachraig, is likely to be around 5,000 years old.
meaning on pict stones fall into three distinct groups. The second group is made up of real or mythical creatures. The real creatures are those which the past were native to Scotland, such as snakes, eagles, wolves and bears. But the most common animal symbol is a strange creature bearing a pointed snout, curling antennae and curved, fin-like limbs, which is known as the 'Pictish beast'.