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Moor of Balnagowan,enclosure 250m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Culloden and Ardersier, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5746 / 57°34'28"N

Longitude: -3.992 / 3°59'31"W

OS Eastings: 280965

OS Northings: 855589

OS Grid: NH809555

Mapcode National: GBR J8JP.S4K

Mapcode Global: WH4G0.NW72

Entry Name: Moor of Balnagowan,enclosure 250m SW of

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4737

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: enclosure (ritual or funerary)

Location: Ardersier

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Culloden and Ardersier

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises an enclosure of a type associated with ceremonial and burial activity in the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age, measuring 16.5m in diameter and consisting of a low platform surrounded by a ditch and outer bank. A causeway crosses the ditch on the south west. The area to be scheduled measures 35m in diameter, to include the enclosure and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with its use will survive, bounded on the north by a forest track as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved example of a type of ceremonial and burial site with a limited distribution, which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial and ceremonial practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 85 NW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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