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Macbeth's Cairn, cairn 360m ENE of Ferneybrae

A Scheduled Monument in Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.137 / 57°8'13"N

Longitude: -2.6985 / 2°41'54"W

OS Eastings: 357818

OS Northings: 805338

OS Grid: NJ578053

Mapcode National: GBR WV.47WD

Mapcode Global: WH7N5.JW62

Entry Name: Macbeth's Cairn, cairn 360m ENE of Ferneybrae

Scheduled Date: 13 August 1974

Last Amended: 12 February 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3421

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Lumphanan

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a cairn of prehistoric date. It stands approximately 1.2m high and is about 13m in diameter. This monument was scheduled in 1974, but the original scheduling inadequately defined the area. The monument is being rescheduled to clarify the extent of the protected area.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 35m in diameter centred on the centre of the cairn, to include the remains of the cairn and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the substantial remains of a prehistoric cairn. It has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual activity in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NJ50NE 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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