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Buolacrabher,chambered cairn 1350m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.2807 / 58°16'50"N

Longitude: -3.4508 / 3°27'2"W

OS Eastings: 315019

OS Northings: 933370

OS Grid: ND150333

Mapcode National: GBR K6VV.20Y

Mapcode Global: WH5D3.Y4Y7

Entry Name: Buolacrabher,chambered cairn 1350m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5224

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument consists of the remains of a chambered cairn of Neolithic/Bronze Age date. The cairn is about 14.6m in diameter; a number of slabs of stone protrude through the turf in the approximate centre of the cairn and indicate the existence of a chamber. The cairn is crossed by a modern sheep shelter. The 2 longest slabs on the S of the shelter are 0.3m above the present ground level, while

the 2 at right angles to the shelter and the slab to the N of them are 0.6m high.

There is evidence for thick peat growth in the area around this chambered cairn and it is probable that much of the cairn and chamber remain in situ. The area to be scheduled measures 45m in diameter, to include the chambered cairn and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric ritual and burial practices. The monument also contains important information about the structure of Neolithic/Bronze Age tombs.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as ND 13 SE 25.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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