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Clava Cairn


Visited 13.3.2011, on the way back into Inverness after a walk out to Torbreck. This sadly ruined cairn, presumably of a Clava type, is surrounded by a recent housing development. Accessing the site requires a climb over a post and wire fence separating it from the houses.

The site is somewhat confusing, and appears to consist primarily of the remains of the southern part of a kerb of nicely selected, round-ended stones, graded up to a height of over a metre. Various other fallen stones lie around the perimeter, including a couple at the foot of a mature tree on what would be the NE side of a ring.

It is not clear what form the central cairn took, although the OS shows it as "chambered", presumably based on other Clava-type sites in the surrounding area.

A shame that it is in such a poor state, but at least it survived the building of the estate without further damage. Not much atmosphere here though, sadly.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
21st March 2011ce
Edited 21st March 2011ce

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