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Little Loch Borve,cairn 250m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.7173 / 57°43'2"N

Longitude: -7.1918 / 7°11'30"W

OS Eastings: 90971

OS Northings: 881580

OS Grid: NF909815

Mapcode National: GBR 88MB.BMZ

Mapcode Global: WGW2T.H9J5

Entry Name: Little Loch Borve,cairn 250m SW of

Scheduled Date: 31 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5511

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Harris

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of the remains of a burial cairn of Neolithic date (c.4500-2000BC). The cairn lies on a slight incline where a rising portion of the bedrock protrudes through the machair. The cairn measures 6m in diameter and is only 0.7m at its highest. There is one large upright stone (0.9m high by 0.6m wide) within the cairn. This is set off the centre towards the south.

A small depression behind it (edged with smaller stones) is evidence of disturbance. There are no other visible stones on the mound but several set stones surround it. There are six earthfast stones which seem to form a rough circle 18m in diameter. Twenty five metres S of the outer edge of the cairn is a black chair-shaped rock. Nine metres to the N of the cairn is another upright stone.

The area to be scheduled is circular with a maximum diameter of 40m to be centred on the cairn and including an area surrounding the monument which may contain evidence relating to its construction and use, as marked in on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a significant field monument; a good example of a Neolithic burial place. In addition it has the potential, through excavation, to contribute to our understanding of the development of Neolithic funerary and ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NF 98 SW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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