|There are the remains of 20 chambered cairns on North Uist - that's about one per 15 square km (6 square miles). So it must have been an important place in Neolithic Scotland.
Nearly all are of the type known (not surprisingly) as Hebridean Passage Graves.
Typically, these will have a round cairn (averaging c 25m) with a small V-shaped forecourt leading to a short passage which opens into a round or oval chamber. The chamber walls are made of large contiguous orthostats and the capstones rest directly on these.
Cairns have a ring of impressive peristaliths averaging about 1.5 to 2m high.
The passages are orientated towards the E.
Distribution is: all of the Outer Hebrides; Skye; and a few on the mainland as far S as Achnacreebeag near Oban.
Posted by greywether
12th September 2004ce
Edited 13th September 2004ce