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Tigh Cloiche (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Like Greywether I thought the Canmore fieldnotes a tad harsh as it looks like, to me, that someone (must have been a giant) has roughly pushed the whole thing side ways. Capstones have been scattered but the chamber appears 'reasonably' all there but fallen in. Side stones, as described by Greywether, remain in place.

Both of us seem to agree more with Henshall's description :

Tigh Chloiche, South Clettraval, a chambered cairn, has been much disturbed by secondary buildings and its present form bears little relationship to its original plan.

The narrow and almost parallel-sided chamber is surrounded on the N, E and S by traces of what appear to be circular buildings. Four orthostats of the chamber remain on the SW but the northern part cannot be traced. The entrance was from the E but nothing can be seen of the passage walls. Large flat stone slabs lie displaced outside the chamber and, whereas the extent of the cairn is fairly well marked to the N. and E., it drops to an extensive low spread to the S and SE.

Finds of potsherds are in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS).

A S Henshall 1972, visited 2 May 1962.


The size of the site, almost 19m wide and 1.5m tall, suggest cairn. Nobody can dispute the views!

Visited 24/7/209.

South Clettraval (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

The second standing stone at Clettraval is short walk of about 300m south west. Sites uphill i.e. the wheelhouse/chamber cairn/standing stone can all be seen.

Absolutely fantastic views of Baleshare, Pabeil and loch after loch after loch. The single hill on Benbecula can also be seen.

The granite stone stands at almost 1.2m, as well as the views it points the way to Tigh Cloiche.

Visited 24/7/2019.

South Clettraval (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

This 'forgotten' standing stone is only a short distance to the north west of the wheelhouse/chamber cairn. Only a small fence to jump.

Standing at 2m wide and 1.5m it gives us clear views to the cairn at Corary and the possible chamber cairn at Cleitreabhal A Tuath. Also on a very clear day, St. Kilda.

A fine start to wandering about the Clettraval sites.

Visited 24/7/2019.

Corary (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Corary is a massive cairn that stands over 27m wide and is 1.5m tall. Most of the stones have been recycled to make a very large sheepfold, being plonked on top of their original position. Two upright slabs remain at the edge of the cairn, others have been built into the walls or used as entrances.

From Dun Grogary I returned to the minor road and headed straight across A865 onto the tarred road opposite. This leads to the Clettraval viewpoint and various military stuff at the top of Cleitreabhal A Deas. Pass the quarry and look for a gate on the west side of the road. This has a track, of sorts, which leads straight to the site via a bog.

A bit of a 'what if' but worth a visit whilst on the way to the more well known sites further uphill.

Visited 24/7/2019.

Geirisclett chambered cairn — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Orkney — News

Plan revealed for a ‘Neolithic Landscapes of the Dead’ chambered tomb trail on Orkney


A £60,000 research project is to be undertaken to create a ‘Neolithic Landscapes of the Dead’ chambered tomb trail in Orkney.

More info :

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/1848067/plan-revealed-for-a-neolithic-landscapes-of-the-dead-chambered-tomb-trail-in-orkney/

Dun Mor, Baleshare (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images

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Dun Na Dise (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images

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Grimsay Wheelhouse (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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Grimsay Wheelhouse (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Links

Bagh Nam Feadag


The Grimsay Wheelhouse has its own website.

Cladh Maolrithe (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Crois Mhic Jamain (Standing Stones) — Images

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Dun an Sticir (Broch) — Miscellaneous

Visit Outer Hebrides

The Iron Age broch

Sometime between 2,000 and 2,500 years ago, a great circular drystone tower house was built, which functioned as a well-defended family residence, and as a conspicuous demonstration of power. The walls were 3.5 metres thick walls, within which were chambers and galleries, but the only opening to the outside world was a single small doorway. The causeways were narrower than they are today, and may have included a "rocking stone", which could alert the occupants of the broch to the approach of unwelcome visitors.

A Medieval Estate

Between the 9th and 13th centuries AD the Outer Hebrides were under the overlordship of the Norsemen, who abandoned the old centres of power in favour of new sites. By the 16th century, however, Dun an Sticir had again become the centre of an important lordship. A new hall was built inside and around the old broch, and the larger middle island, the "Island of Bad Council" also contained at least one substantial building. This echoes Finlaggan on Islay, where the Lords of the Isles held council. In 1601 Dun an Sticir was the scene of dramatic events in when Hugh Macdonald was seized by his enemies and taken to his death in Skye.

This site has never been investigated: many details of the above reconstruction of the hall and other buildings, such as roofing material, are therefore conjectural.

The outer islet has been used as a secure stronghold since prehistoric times. During the Iron Age, more than 2,000 years ago, a massive galleried dun or broch was built, which would have been occupied by the local tribal chieftain. In the turbulent later Middle Ages a rectangular hall was inserted into the pre-existing circular dun, and the islands once again served as the residence and refuge of the local magnates.

Dun an Sticir (Broch) — Links

Canmore


Once again Canmore surpass themselves.

Dun an Sticir (Broch) — Images

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