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Cairn Hill, cairn, Walkerburn

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale East, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6374 / 55°38'14"N

Longitude: -3.0102 / 3°0'36"W

OS Eastings: 336502

OS Northings: 638662

OS Grid: NT365386

Mapcode National: GBR 73F7.2Z

Mapcode Global: WH7WC.QKRP

Entry Name: Cairn Hill, cairn, Walkerburn

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1999

Last Amended: 10 May 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2758

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Innerleithen

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale East

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn. The monument was originally scheduled in 1968, but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains: the present scheduling rectifies this.

The cairn lies at around 495m OD close to the summit of Cairn Hill, where it commands extensive views of the Tweed Valley to the south, east and west. The cairn is oval, measuring approximately 15m N-S by 10m E-W, and standing around 0.5m high. A modern marker cairn has been built on the summit of the cairn and a simple wind shelter, still in regular use by hillwalkers, has been constructed on the E side of the cairn. Despite the stone robbing that has taken place on this monument, no cists, chambers or entrance passages are evident, but a large stone lying approximately 7m to the S of the centre of the cairn may indicate the presence of a structural feature. The lack of obvious burial structures within the body of the monument means that any such remains present on this site may survive undisturbed.

The area to be scheduled is a circle, 50m in diameter, centred on the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around in which evidence related to its construction and use may be expected to survive. This area is marked in red on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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