Scheduled Monument

Buolacrabher,chambered cairn 1350m SSW ofSM5224

Status: Designated


Where documents include maps, the use of this data is subject to terms and conditions (

The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn
Local Authority
Planning Authority
ND 15021 33373
315021, 933373


The monument consists of the remains of a chambered cairn of Neolithic/Bronze Age date. The cairn is about 14.6m in diameter; a number of slabs of stone protrude through the turf in the approximate centre of the cairn and indicate the existence of a chamber. The cairn is crossed by a modern sheep shelter. The 2 longest slabs on the S of the shelter are 0.3m above the present ground level, while

the 2 at right angles to the shelter and the slab to the N of them are 0.6m high.

There is evidence for thick peat growth in the area around this chambered cairn and it is probable that much of the cairn and chamber remain in situ. The area to be scheduled measures 45m in diameter, to include the chambered cairn and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the attached map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric ritual and burial practices. The monument also contains important information about the structure of Neolithic/Bronze Age tombs.



RCAHMS records the monument as ND 13 SE 25.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

The format of scheduled monument records has changed over time. Earlier records will usually be brief. Some information will not have been recorded and the map will not be to current standards. Even if what is described and what is mapped has changed, the monument is still scheduled.

Scheduled monument consent is required to carry out certain work, including repairs, to scheduled monuments. Applications for scheduled monument consent are made to us. We are happy to discuss your proposals with you before you apply and we do not charge for advice or consent. More information about consent and how to apply for it can be found on our website at

Find out more about scheduling and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8914 or at


There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to Buolacrabher,chambered cairn 1350m SSW of

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 13/07/2024 19:50