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Toftgun,cairn and shieling 1950m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.351 / 58°21'3"N

Longitude: -3.2229 / 3°13'22"W

OS Eastings: 328521

OS Northings: 940925

OS Grid: ND285409

Mapcode National: GBR L6DN.JB2

Mapcode Global: WH6DZ.GCHF

Entry Name: Toftgun,cairn and shieling 1950m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 8 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5799

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain); Secular: shieling

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


This monument is a probable prehistoric cairn and a post medieval shieling in a forestry clearing on sloping ground.

The cairn consists of a large, grass-grown, mound of stone about 21m in diameter and 1.5m in maximum height. A single embedded stone protruding from the top of the cairn may indicate the existence of a chamber. There is a quantity of loose stone on the surface of the mound and the foundations of a small dry-stone building, a shieling, immediately to the SE of the mound.

The area to be scheduled measures 45m E-W by 45m N-S, to include the probable cairn, the shieling and an area around in which traces of activities associated with their construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric ritual belief and burial practices, and for the information it may contain concerning seasonal use of upland pasture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as ND24SE 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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