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Balnacraig

Chambered Cairn

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Nearest Town:Uig (95km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   NF676012 / Sheet: 31
Latitude:56° 58' 55.39" N
Longitude:   7° 28' 23.13" W

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08/08/2017 – Before the start of our trip I was hoping for just one good weather day for this walk amongst the hills and stones in the middle of Barra. It had been raining on and off the first two days but the forecast looked great for today so off we went.

Starting from Castlebay, we headed NE up the road to the high point and then climbed up to Heabhal (bit of a slog). Then up and down a few minor tops to make the steep descent to Beul a’ Bhealaich, where a lovely standing stone (now fallen) is positioned at the top of the pass. From here we climbed Grianan (Good views and a fine place for a brew). After a rest, we went NW to visit Tigh Talamhanta aisled house and then SW to the wonderful Dun Bharpa chambered cairn. A brief diversion to the top of Beinn Mhartainn (nice top) and then back past Dun Bharpa to Balnacraig chambered cairn. There's a small cairn marked on the OS 1:25000 south of Dun Bharpa but it’s not that exciting.

Tired by the time we reached the last cairn but the sun was still shinning and the stones of Balnacraig looked so nice against the sunlit hills behind. Hard to make out the original shape but I think I could see where the chamber stood. Well worth a visit along with the excellent Dun Bharpa.

We headed west down the track to the main road to start a slow plod back to Castlebay. Very good day out.
thelonious Posted by thelonious
22nd August 2017ce
Edited 25th August 2017ce

Another Hebridean Passage Grave, this one a bit of a wreck. It sits in a long mound with the passage unusually orientated S.

For access and directions - see Dun Bharpa.

Visited 28 July 2004
greywether Posted by greywether
30th September 2004ce