Scheduled Monument

Corrimony, chambered cairn 600m ESE ofSM90081

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn
Local Authority
Urquhart And Glenmoriston
NH 38306 30308
238306, 830308


The monument consist of a chambered cairn on fairly level ground.

This is a Clava-type passage grave which was excavated by Piggott in 1952. The cairn measures about 18m in diameter, is about 2.5m high and is composed of water-worn stones. In the centre of the cairn is a stone-built chamber. A large, flat, cup-marked stone lies on top of the cairn and may originally have been the cap stone. Excavation revealed a crouched inhumation beneath the flagged floor of the chamber.

A bone pin was also found during the excavation. There are 11 stones forming a ring around the cairn; 4 of these are modern additions and 2 have been reset in recent times. The stones range from 1.5m to 2.7m in height. The excavation revealed an area of cobbling between two of the stones on the NW. One of the stones on the NW side of the stone circle has cup marks on its outer face.

The area to be scheduled measures 60m SW-NE by 30m NW-SE, to include the chambered cairn, the circle of stones and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

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



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 33 SE 6.

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Corrimony Chambered Cairn

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