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Carnbaan

Chambered Tomb

<b>Carnbaan</b>Posted by GLADMANImage © Robert Gladstone
Also known as:
  • Lenihuline Wood

Nearest Town:Rothesay (9km ESE)
OS Ref (GB):   NS006693 / Sheet: 63
Latitude:55° 52' 31.49" N
Longitude:   5° 11' 16.21" W

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As promised, I'm back.

In the short time since my last visit, new access and a waymarked path have been put in.

And it was a better site than my reading had led me to expect. Not really overgrown at all.

The length of the cairn is perhaps the most impressive feature of the site but the three chambers still hold interest.

Visited 10 May 2004
greywether Posted by greywether
7th June 2004ce
Edited 7th June 2004ce

For access, see Glenvoidean.

Unfortunately, time and the restricted winter ferry timetable meant this one had to be dropped from my recent trip. Infuriating when you're standing at the bottom of the track and another half hour would have done it.

It's a Clyde long cairn (53m long) which, from all accounts, although overgrown, still has three chambers with capstones visible.

I'll just have to come back.
greywether Posted by greywether
8th March 2004ce
Edited 7th June 2004ce

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On the western shore of the isle, near Scarrel Point*, exists a cave designated "The Piper's Cave," which the natives believed to be the opening to a subterranean passage through Eenan Hill to Carnbaan or Achavulig (Ach-a-bhuilg), where its exit was. Supernatural beings inhabited this dark retreat, which no mortal dared enter. A bold piper essayed this forlorn-hope, and was heard by his friends gaily piping underground until his slogan became hushed in the depths of the mountain. As he passed under the hearthstone of Lenihall farmhouse, he was heard lamenting that he had not a sword-hand as well as two for his pipes, and he would have routed the ogres and demons attacking him ("Da lamh air son a Phiob agus lamh air son a chlaideamh."). Then the music ceased - forever.
*Is this near Michael's Grave? Quote from 'The Isle of Bute in the olden time" by J K Hewison, 1893.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
26th August 2009ce
Edited 26th August 2009ce