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Walkerburn, cairn 500m south of summit of Cairn Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale East, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.633 / 55°37'58"N

Longitude: -3.0102 / 3°0'36"W

OS Eastings: 336497

OS Northings: 638174

OS Grid: NT364381

Mapcode National: GBR 73F9.3K

Mapcode Global: WH7WC.QPR1

Entry Name: Walkerburn, cairn 500m S of summit of Cairn Hill

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1968

Last Amended: 10 May 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2763

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 385m OD on a ridge on the S side of Cairn Hill, where it commands extensive views of the Tweed Valley. The cairn is recorded as being approximately 8m in diameter and 0.5m high, but a possible kerb stone approximately 10m to the E of the centre of the cairn may indicate it was originally up to 20m wide. Despite the stone robbing that has taken place on this site, no internal features are evident and it is, therefore, likely that any burials contained within the monument survive undisturbed.

The area to be scheduled is a circle, 40m in diameter, centred on the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around it 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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