Scheduled Monument

Carn an Fheidh, long cairnSM5483

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: long cairn
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 76088 93292
276088, 893292


This monument is a long cairn on the edge of a S-facing slope in a forestry plantation. The monument consists of two distinct cairns of bare stone, connected by a band of rubble; it appears likely that these form a single long cairn about 27m from NNW-SSE, with the broader end to the SSE. The cairn to the SSE is oval and measures about 21m NW-SE by 18m NE-SW, and 2m in maximum height. It is disturbed in places, but the centre is intact and there is no trace of a chamber.

About 5m to the NNW lies a second cairn, which is about 12m in diameter and 1m high. The area to be scheduled measures 80m NNW-SSE by 55m ESE-WNW, to include the long cairn and an area around in which traces of activities conected with the construction and use of the cairn may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric religious beliefs and burial practices.



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 79 SE 1 and 2

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