Scheduled Monument

Carrick Farm,chambered cairn and cairn 500m SSW ofSM1251

Status: Designated


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Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain); chambered cairn
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
HY 56350 37599
356350, 1037599


The monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric chambered burial cairn and those of a substantial round cairn. The two cairns are situated on an area of grass and heather to the SE of Vinquoy Hill, between the the prehistoric enclosure of the Fold of Setter (100m to the SE) and the two-level chambered cairn of Huntersquoy (150m to the NNW). Also in sight are the chambered cairn on Vinquoy Hill summit and the massive standing stone of Setter. The chambered cairn, also known as "Braeside", has a long, stalled chamber aligned N-S. It has been dug into at some time in the distant past. The entrance passage is at the S end. At the opposite end, beyond the main chamber, are traces of what may be a second, smaller, chamber. The round cairn lies some 60m E of the N end of the chambered cairn. It is 9m across, and may be the site of a cist burial recorded in 1879. The area to be scheduled is an irregular quadrilateral on plan, measuring 100m along the N boundary, 70m along the E, 70m along the S (which coincides with a field drain) and 50m along the W. This includes both cairns and an area around and between them in which evidence relating to their construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monuments are of national importance as burial places, possibly of two different periods, which form part of the remarkable complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual monuments around Vinquoy Hill and Stone of Setter. Separately and as part of this grouping they have the potential to provide information about the nature, organisation and locational requirements of prehistoric ritual activity, and about the processes of tomb construction and use.



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as HY 53 NE 10.

RCAHMS (1946), ii, 218, Lamb/RCAHMS Eday & Stronsay list, 1.

RCAHMS (1946), ii, 65, Lamb/RCAHMS Eday & Stronsay list, 11.

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