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Coire na Feinne,chambered cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Na Hearadh agus Ceann a Deas nan Loch, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.8612 / 57°51'40"N

Longitude: -6.9805 / 6°58'49"W

OS Eastings: 104721

OS Northings: 896624

OS Grid: NG047966

Mapcode National: GBR 974Y.KGQ

Mapcode Global: WGW24.RN5X

Entry Name: Coire na Feinne,chambered cairn

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5348

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Harris

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Na Hearadh agus Ceann a Deas nan Loch

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of the remains of a chambered cairn of Neolithic date known as Coire na Fienne.

All the cairn material was supposedly removed and reused before the end of the 18th C. The central setting of the chamber is all that remains apart from a few peripheral kerb stones. The remains which have been disturbed in the past by encroaching road works to the North are situated in a garden. The stone setting is on a slant which slopes to a roadside ditch.

There are eight stones in the central chamber which measures 9m in diameter. The stones vary in size from 1.4m-2.5m long. The smaller stones are ranged round a substantial cap stone (2.5m across). The four stones to the South are standing, the three to the North have fallen.

The area to be scheduled is a quadrilateral, measuring a maximum of 12m NW-SE by 10m transversely, excluding the road to the North of the monument as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it has the potential, through study and excavation, to increase our understanding of the ritual architecture, the material culture and burial practices of the Neolithic period in the Western Isles.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NG 09 NW 5.


RCAHMS (1928) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Ninth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Small Isles, Edinburgh, 42, No. 131.

Thomas, F. W. L. (1860-62) 'Observations respecting articles collected in the Outer Hebrides, and now presented to the Museum', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 4, 54.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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