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Greadal Fhinn,chambered cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.6992 / 56°41'56"N

Longitude: -6.1236 / 6°7'24"W

OS Eastings: 147659

OS Northings: 763979

OS Grid: NM476639

Mapcode National: GBR CC80.FWZ

Mapcode Global: WGZCK.XW57

Entry Name: Greadal Fhinn,chambered cairn

Scheduled Date: 10 April 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6173

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Ardnamurchan

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of the substantial remains of a chambered cairn situated on the summit of a broad knoll.

The chambered cairn is nearly circular in plan and measures 22.6m by 21.3m. The cairn has been extensively robbed of its stone and stands to a height of only 0.6m. Close to its S edge there is a slab which may have been an original kerb-stone. There are two burial chambers: the central example is a cist, while that on the SE side is a passage-grave.

Seven of the upright stones and one of the capstones of the passage-grave survive and the stumps of two other stones are visible. The area to be scheduled measures 45m E-W by 40m N-S, to include the chambered cairn and an area around in which traces of activities asociated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric ritual beliefs and burial practices. Considerable remains of the prehistoric cist and passage-grave survive and these illustrate aspects of prehistoric ritual architecture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 46 SE 1.


RCAHMS (1972) Argyll Inventory, Vol. 3, No. 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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