Scheduled Monument

Dun Beag, cairn 100m SSW of, StruanSM7930

Status: Designated


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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
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)
Local Authority
NG 33932 38526
133932, 838526


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn.

The cairn lies on a ridge on a hill-slope at around 65m OD, and commands extensive views to the south and west. It is circular, approximately 6m in diameter, and is defined by a kerb of boulders. The centre of the cairn is only slightly higher than the surrounding ground level, with only a few stones emerging through the topsoil near the middle of the monument. It is not clear from the surface evidence whether this is the original form of the cairn, or whether it has been robbed of stone. A group of larger stones on the NW edge of the kerb may also indicate later disturbance to the cairn structure.

The area to be scheduled is a circle, 30m in diameter, centred on the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of its potential contribution to the understanding of prehistoric burial and ceremonial activities. As a small unobtrusive cairn in an area noted for much larger chambered cairns, this monument has particular potential to enhance our knowledge of changing burial and ritual practices during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.



RCAHMS records the monument as NG 33 NW 7.

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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.

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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).

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