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Leachkin, chambered cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Inverness West, Highland

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Latitude: 57.467 / 57°28'1"N

Longitude: -4.2863 / 4°17'10"W

OS Eastings: 262968

OS Northings: 844166

OS Grid: NH629441

Mapcode National: GBR H8SZ.PCM

Mapcode Global: WH3FB.4L52

Entry Name: Leachkin, chambered cairn

Scheduled Date: 29 December 1971

Last Amended: 28 February 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3104

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Inverness and Bona

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Inverness West

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises the remains of a chambered cairn; a ritual and funerary monument dating from the Neolithic period (c.4000-2000BC). It was first scheduled in 1971 but the area scheduled was inadequate. This scheduling extension remedies this.

The cairn is situated on the spine of a ridge which lies between the Ness valley and the Beauly Firth, and commands extensive views of the surrounding countryside. Almost all of the body of the cairn has been removed, exposing the large stones which make up the chamber. These stones are made of coarse conglomerate and at least 8 survive, defining a chamber with 2 compartments and an apparent entrance passage to the E. The tallest stone stands to approximately 1.8m. The faint traces of a probable kerb can be traced as a broken arc of stones lying 4-10m to the N and E of the chamber. The cairn belongs to the "Orkney-Cromarty" building tradition, and would originally have been roughly circular in shape with a maximum diameter of approximately 25m.

The area to be scheduled is circular, with a diameter of 45m, centred on the chamber, to include the remains described above and an area around where evidence relating to the construction and use of the cairn may be expected to survive, as shown in red on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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