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Carnan Nan Long

Chambered Cairn


Visited 28.5.12

The weather was beautiful so we decided to spend an hour or two on a lovely beach on Baleshare. Looking at the map I spotted a Chambered Cairn not too far away, so no prizes for guessing where I suggested we stop on the way back to the B+B!!

We followed the minor road north until it stopped. There is a turning point here so parking wasn’t a problem. Karen and the children stayed in the car (tired after the fun on the beach) as I headed across the field, past a derelict farmhouse, towards the Cairn. This did involve climbing over a field gate, a fence and a stone wall – this is actually a lot easier than it sounds.

The Chambered Cairn is right on a beach headland and is in a wonderful setting, affording cracking coastal views. The Cairn is approximately 2 metres high x 15 metres across and has clearly been dug into at some point in the past.

I sat awhile at this lovely spot – the sun was still shining, seabirds chattered away high overhead and the sea glistened way into the distance. On a day like today this is a wonderful spot to unwind but I was conscious of the others waiting for me in the car so I had to cut my visit shorter than I would have liked.

Well worth a visit if you are ever in this fairly remote part of the world.

CANMORE states:
'Carnan nan Long is a mound, above the shore, about 40ft in diameter and 10ft high with indications of a chamber c. 15ft by 4ft. On the west of its summit are two large stone slabs'
Posted by CARL
26th June 2012ce
Edited 26th June 2012ce

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