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Loedebest,chambered cairn 400m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.2708 / 58°16'14"N

Longitude: -3.4781 / 3°28'41"W

OS Eastings: 313389

OS Northings: 932300

OS Grid: ND133323

Mapcode National: GBR K6SV.TR2

Mapcode Global: WH5D3.JCYW

Entry Name: Loedebest,chambered cairn 400m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 21 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5163

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


This monument consists of a chambered cairn which is cut by the Loedebest-Achnaclyth road. The cairn appears to have been about 13m in diameter, although to the S it has been cut into by the roadside ditch. This roadside ditch has exposed stone and it is evident that the cairn survives to a height of 0.5m at this point.

In the centre the remains of five pointed slabs, about 0.7m high, indicate the location of the chamber. The plan of the chamber is difficult to interpret, but it was evidently divided by transverse slabs. There is no obvious entrance passageway.

The area to be scheduled measures 43m E-W by 26m N-S, to include the chambered cairn and an area around it to the W, N and E in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the attached map. To the S the road and roadside ditch are excluded from the scheduled area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of Neolithic/Bronze Age ritual beliefs and burial practices. Information about the construction methods of tombs survives at this site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as ND 13 SW 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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