Scheduled Monument

Ledmore, chambered cairn 900m W ofSM1804

Status: Designated


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Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn
Local Authority
NC 23826 12160
223826, 912160


A large circular chambered cairn on low-lying ground near the Ledmore River. The cairn is about 18m in diameter and 2m high. The area of the passage and a lintel stone are visible, although there are now no obvious standing stones marking the walls of the chamber. The area to be scheduled measures 50m in diameter to include the cairn and an area around it in which traces of activities associate with its use survive.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric burial practices and ritual beliefs. The cairn also incorporates important information on the architecture of prehistoric chambered cairns.



This monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NC 21 SW 3 and number 12 in the Royal Commission's Sutherland list.

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