Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Glenvoidean Hill,chambered cairn 420m south east of Kilmichael

A Scheduled Monument in Cowal, Argyll and Bute

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 55.8866 / 55°53'11"N

Longitude: -5.2042 / 5°12'15"W

OS Eastings: 199706

OS Northings: 670576

OS Grid: NR997705

Mapcode National: GBR FFJ4.WH1

Mapcode Global: WH1LC.192M

Entry Name: Glenvoidean Hill,chambered cairn 420m SE of Kilmichael

Scheduled Date: 11 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5600

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: North Bute

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Cowal

Traditional County: Buteshire


The monument comprises a Neolithic chambered cairn which is situated in rough grazing on the W flank of Glenvoidean Hill, to the N of the North Wood of Lenihuline. Excavations between 1963 and 1971 revealed it to belong the Clyde Group of Neolithic cairns, with reuse in the Bronze Age. A corn-kiln, probably Medieval in date, was later inserted.

The cairn measures 14m in length and is about 7m wide at the N end where there is a flattish facade from which there opens a two-compartment axial chamber. Two lateral chambers extend from opposite sides of the cairn. An unsual Bronze Age cist, with two tiers, was inserted at a later date. Accompanied burials were found in both compartments. Patches of burning were seen outside the cairn and under the kerb, which is built in so many different styles as to

suggest that it has been built in several different stages.

A radiocarbon date of 2910+/-115 BC was obtained from a sample found in a primary position under the main axial chamber. The area to be scheduled measures 45m from E to W by 50m, to include the chambered cairn and an area around in which associated remains are likely to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it comprises the well-preserved remains of a complex Neolithic burial monument (with subsequent reuse) which possesses a number of unusual features. Although excavated, further information may survive, particularly in the area around the cairn. The upstanding remains possess well-defined field characteristics and form a clear exposition of the form and development of this class of monument.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NR97SE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.