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Ballachulish Home Farm, burial mound south west of Ballachulish Hotel

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.6865 / 56°41'11"N

Longitude: -5.1871 / 5°11'13"W

OS Eastings: 204897

OS Northings: 759513

OS Grid: NN048595

Mapcode National: GBR FCK1.JSW

Mapcode Global: WH1GH.966D

Entry Name: Ballachulish Home Farm, burial mound SW of Ballachulish Hotel

Scheduled Date: 22 December 1978

Last Amended: 11 March 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4166

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Lismore and Appin

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a prehistoric burial mound, probably of Bronze Age date. It is already scheduled, and this re-scheduling serves to clarify the name of the site and the extent of the protected area.

The low mound is sited on the edge of a gravel ridge overlooking the mouth of Loch Leven. Originally a low cairn of bare stones, from which much of the cairn material has been removed, it is now largely covered with vegetation. It appears to have measured about 20m NE-SW by 17m, although it is now reduced to about 8m by 11.5m. It has a burial cist, now empty, exposed in its NE arc. The cist has had its capstone replaced, almost covering the burial chamber. A number of large stones set in the underlying gravel on the SE side of the mound are almost certainly the remains of an outer kerb.

The form of the mound and the nature of the burial cist, together with the evidence of pottery fragments found when it was re-excavated some years ago, all support a date in the middle Bronze Age, about 1200 to 1000 BC.

The area that is already scheduled is circular and 40m in diameter, to include the remains of the burial mound and an area around it in which related evidence may survive. This area is to remain the same, and is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a good example of a Bronze Age burial mound. Although somewhat disturbed in the past, it still has potential to provide important evidence about prehistoric funerary and ritual practices and contemporary land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NN05NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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