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Carnliath, chambered cairn 650m south east of Rahoy

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.6358 / 56°38'8"N

Longitude: -5.8425 / 5°50'32"W

OS Eastings: 164462

OS Northings: 755931

OS Grid: NM644559

Mapcode National: GBR CCY5.QN6

Mapcode Global: WGZD3.7G3S

Entry Name: Carnliath, chambered cairn 650m SE of Rahoy

Scheduled Date: 4 February 1985

Last Amended: 23 February 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4354

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Morvern

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a stony mound. The monument was originally scheduled in 1985, but was not properly documented or registered: the present rescheduling rectifies this.

The monument lies on a low promontory in woodland on the NE shore of Loch Teacuis, at around 10m OD. The circular cairn measures approximately 18m in diameter by up to 1.5m in height, with kerbstones surviving on the NW and SSE. The chamber lies to the E of the centre and is rectangular, measuring about 1.7m by 0.9m by 0.85m high, and is covered by a large capstone measuring about 1.35m by 1.2m by 0.25m thick. The N side of the chamber comprises a single large slab, while two smaller slabs make up the S side. There is an isolated upright stone to the NW of the chamber which projects about 0.75m above the cairn material. The monument is a burial mound of a type characteristic of the Neolithic.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 40m, centred on the cairn, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. It may be expected to contain material relating to its mode of construction and use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NM 65 NW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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