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Preas Mairi

Chambered Cairn

<b>Preas Mairi</b>Posted by greywetherImage © greywether
Also known as:
  • Contin Mains, Pris Maree

Nearest Town:Dingwall (9km ENE)
OS Ref (GB):   NH461558 / Sheet: 26
Latitude:57° 33' 57.94" N
Longitude:   4° 34' 23.62" W

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We parked in the same place as GW and walked up the hill to the walled graveyard. Sadly since his visit the place has somewhat fallen apart.

Make and ask permission from the people living cottage to visit the site. Even before the graveyard you can see that it is really a shambles. The entrance arch is impressive enough but sadly it is overrun with the biggest bramble branches I have ever seen, hundreds of them. The gate was open so we walked carefully in and picked our way though various horrible looking plants.

As for the chamber it obviously still remains in the same place but also is grown over. It is a pity as this could and should be a wonderful place as is shown in the Canmore photo. Makes me wonder why Historic Scotland or some local heritage group haven't cleaned the place up.

A sad but worthwhile place to visit.

Visited 28/7/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
28th August 2017ce

Strange, is it not, that someone looking for a location for a family burial ground should choose an area incorporating the remains of a neolithic burial cairn. But that's what's happened here.

So it was largely curiosity (and the fact that the site is on the way to Heights of Brae) which led me here despite unpromising reports about access and surviving remains.

The burial ground was, as anticipated, surrounded by a wall, gated and padlocked but, in the corner where the cairn sits, you can just see over the wall.

As for the surviving remains, if you don't expect a lot, you won't be disappointed!

Access. Park in Contin village. Short walk.

Visited 31 October 2004
greywether Posted by greywether
18th November 2004ce
Edited 18th November 2004ce