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Shiels of Gartlea

Chambered Tomb

<b>Shiels of Gartlea</b>Posted by greywetherImage © greywether
Nearest Town:Dumbarton (9km SSW)
OS Ref (GB):   NS458807 / Sheet: 64
Latitude:55° 59' 39.62" N
Longitude:   4° 28' 21.34" W

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Lost and found - One chambered cairn. Poor condition but would suit collector.

Yes, this cairn was in 1978 described in the National Monuments records as "recently destroyed by quarrying during the construction of a forestry road". Sadly, I believed this and during my several visits to the nearby Lang Cairn did not bother to make the short additional trip down the forest track to look for it.

A certain A Park was more adventurous and the records now note a letter in June 2002 from him/her saying that the cairn was there and was as previously described. The forestry road had not affected it at all.

So this time I went to see it. It needed a lot of dead bracken stripped from the site before the remaining features could be clearly seen. If the National Monument people went during the summer, it is no surprise that they missed it.

It's not a very interesting cairn and it's hemmed in by forestry but, if you were going to see the Lang Cairn, it's worth extending the trip to have a look.

To get to it, follow the Lang Cairn directions and continue along the forest track for about 1km. It is in a clearing on the left.

For more details on the site, see the photo captions.

Visited 10 March 2004
greywether Posted by greywether
20th March 2004ce
Edited 21st March 2004ce