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Mains of Gask,ring cairn and standing stones 130m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Aird and Loch Ness, Highland

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Latitude: 57.3938 / 57°23'37"N

Longitude: -4.1988 / 4°11'55"W

OS Eastings: 267951

OS Northings: 835848

OS Grid: NH679358

Mapcode National: GBR J905.MFQ

Mapcode Global: WH4GW.GFT5

Entry Name: Mains of Gask,ring cairn and standing stones 130m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 6 March 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4651

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: ring cairn

Location: Daviot and Dunlichity

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of a ring cairn of Clava type; the cairn measures 27m across externally within the remains of a stone circle about 40m in diameter of which 3 stones still stand and 6 lie recumbent close to their original positions. There are at least 3 cupmarked stones in the kerb of the cairn. The area to be scheduled runs NE from but excludes a field dyke; it includes the cairn and stone circle and an area in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use will survive and measures 50m NE/SW by up to 50m transversely as shown on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is the largest known Clava ring cairn and is of national importance as a good field monument with considerable potential for increasing understanding of the ritual and burial practices of the 3rd millennium BC.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NH 63 NE 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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